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Dimensions: 16" x 14"
Metric: 40 x 36 cm

This mola has not been worn.

Diana is one of the few mola artists who is known world wide and is considered to be one of the finest living mola makers. Her whole name is Erdiana Valquez but she is known primarily as Diana, and is from the island of Soledad Mandinga. Her unique artistry is instantly recognizable by her fans, and her work is highly collectible and difficult to find. We have a considerable collection and are beginning to list some of her finest molas on Etsy.

Diana was accused of being a bruja, and was forced off of her island, along with all the members of her family. She now lives in Panama and supports herself with her mola work.

Here is a Kuna woman happily making a mola, one of her favorite pastimes. She is sitting on a traditional Kuna seat, surrounded by palmtrees and plants of the jungle and baskets of foodstuffs.

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Molas are made by Kuna women, natives of the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama. Molas are made of layers of rectangular pieces of fabric of different colors sewn together. The layers are revealed through cutwork or reverse applique. The surfaces are further decorated with embroidery and accents in applique. This gives the textile dimension, texture, and substance. The Kuna are drawn to bright contrasting colors, often basic primary ones against black or maroon backgrounds. Molas are valued by their age and the skill of the mola maker, measured in the tiny applique stitches as well as the overall design. Master mola maker Ermelinda Hernandex of the island of Carti Mulatupo has taken as long as a year to complete her most beautiful molas, such as Noah’s Ark. The molas are worn on blouses which feature companion panels, front and back.

HeART of Healing Gallery has an extensive collection of molas in all price ranges. The ones here on Etsy have been selected for their fine stitching and captivating designs.

These panels can be framed as they are or incorporated into larger sewing projects. Quilters often use them as focus pieces. They also look great sewn into pillows, bags, used as upholstery on a special chair or bench or sewn on to the back of a jean jacket.


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Shipping is combined on multiple purchases and we ship worldwide. All sales on Etsy are in US$.

Our website, http://heartofhealinggallery.squarespace.com, has more information on current exhibits and our approach to healing in art. Our blog, http://heartofhealinggallery.blogspot.com/, highlights stories of individual molas and their makers.

Kuna Mola Textile by Erdiana Valquez, Mola Making

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Overview

  • Materials: cotton cloth, embroidery cloth
  • Ships worldwide from Kentucky, United States
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