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What makes our hand stitched 'Tribal Mola Turtle' even more interesting and unique? Plenty!!

This is a very traditional mola design -- in traditional colors-- usually found on Kuna women's blouses. Certainly very tribal.. and totally tactile!

Colors are vibrant.. the mola applique work is outstanding! Layers of impeccably hand sewn cloth, cut and carefully hand stitched using time honored mola making techniques handed down from Kuna mother to daughter for generations!

A treat to pick up, hold.. and run your hand over all that incredibly well sewn applique! The central design on the turtle's back has deep meaning for the tribe and here represents the earth's 4 directions. All of the applique stitching is stellar.. and the detail embroidery is excellent!

Turtle = One of the oldest reptiles on the planet. symbol for motherhood, Mother Earth & longevity


An ultra high quality mola animal featuring 3 full layers+ of traditional reverse applique, hand stitched by a Kuna Indian artist in Kuna Yala, The San Blas Islands Panama.

• 9 1/2 " long x 5 1/2" wide ( arm to arm ) x 2 1/4" thick
• Fabric layers: 3+
• Bottom layer: black
• 2nd layer: pumpkin
• 3rd layer: rich wine
• Top layer: multiple layers of colorful applique
• Mola was hand sewn in Panama
• Made into animal form and hand stuffed by MolaMama
• Filled with hypoallergenic fibrefil & industry standard poly pellets

We specialize in these well made, highest quality, unique mola animals.. all machine stitched around the edge and triple stitched around all stress points. They make great gifts! Perfect on a bookshelf or next to your computer!

Gift/info card included.

(=’.’=) MolaMama: A cross-cultural collaboration helping to create an economic avenue for Kuna Indian artists for the past 20 years!

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Tribal Mola Turtle - Superbly Hand Sewn Kuna Indian Reverse Applique


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: cotton mola fabric, poly fibrefil, thread
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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