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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

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...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

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...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...