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The Mola Blouses of the Kuna from Panama

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 2 : Latin America and the Caribbean

Bloomsbury Academic, 2005

Encyclopedia entry

...Mola blouses are made by the Kuna women of the San Blas (Kuna Yala) region of Panama. The Kuna have taken European tools and techniques to make something unique, so much so that the mola blouse has become their cultural identifier...

Folklore Influences in Mexico and Panama

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 2 : Latin America and the Caribbean

Bloomsbury Academic, 2005

Encyclopedia entry

...Appliqué and related techniques in apparel styles are representative of Mexico’s and Panama’s culture and identity. Panamanian molas, made by the Kuna Indians of Panama, were originally worn as blouses by the women. Today, molas and mola...

Central American Headwear

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 2 : Latin America and the Caribbean

Bloomsbury Academic, 2005

Encyclopedia entry

...Central America includes seven countries: Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. A tropical jungle covers eastern sections of Honduras and Nicaragua along the “Mosquito Coast.” Geography has influenced...

National Dress of Panama: La Pollera

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 2 : Latin America and the Caribbean

Bloomsbury Academic, 2005

Encyclopedia entry

...The national dress of Panama, called la pollera, is a strong symbol of Panamanian identity, with its unique artisanship, which is most beautifully displayed during holiday processions and folkloric dance performances, and by brides...

Visualizing Difference: The Rhetoric of Clothing in Colonial Spanish America

The Latin American Fashion Reader

Berg Publishers, 2005

Book chapter

...I would like to thank the editors of Revista de Estudios Hispánicos for granting permission to reprint portions of Meléndez (1995).Clothing has played a vital role in the process of identity construction of different ethnic and racial...