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Title:
Mola designs : 45 authentic Indian designs from Panama
Author:
Shaffer, Frederick W.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Dover Publications, 1985.

©1982
Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm.
Summary:
Black-and-white designs based on reverse appliqué mola patterns worked by Cuna Indian women in Panama.
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Mola design coloring book. 1982.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780486242897
Format :
Book

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Central Library TT779 .S45 1982C Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
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Mola is the Cuna Indian word for an intricate reverse-appliqu#65533; needlework technique unique to this unusual, isolated tribe inhabiting the San Blas islands off the Atlantic coast of Panama. Mola motifs and methods recall the body-painting practiced by the Cuna in past centuries; today Cuna women's blouses display the colorful patchwork designs rendered here in black and white from the original pieces. The 45 folk-style designs signify themes ancient and modern: pre-Christian crosses, mermaids, dancers, animals, birds, butterflies, fish and flowers, abstracts, and repeating mazes. The introduction includes photographs of the Cuna; captions identify the motifs and give Cuna names. Designers and needleworkers will find these royalty-free designs a source of inspiration, and colorists will enjoy adding their own sense of color and tone to the illustrations.


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