The Mola: Traditional Kuna Textile Art (英語) ハードカバー – 2011/7/28
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The mola is a multilayered textile art form and metaphor for the story of the Kuna, indigenous people of Panama. With over 890 images covering more than a century of molas, this book provides insights into design sources and influences for molas, perspectives on the aesthetic practices of women creating them, and hints for collecting and preserving this colorful textile art form. The hand-appliqued art panels tell the tale of the Kuna women and are symbolic of their artistry, observation, and beliefs. Their lush tropical paradise, cultural cosmology, sense of humor, and exposure to foreign elements are represented in these fascinating fabric designs. A brief history of Panama and its rich tradition of indigenous arts place the mola in context.
Edith Read (Barkowitz) Crouch, author, glass artist, and teacher, lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina. From earliest childhood through high school she was raised in the Panama Canal Zone, giving her a personal engagement with the topic.
Ms. Crouch captures it all in high resolution and stunning detail. This is a masterful tribute by an artist to the many Kuna women whose art is represented in this book. It is also a tribute to the many collectors of mola art that over the years have ensured that this unique art form is very much alive and well today in a contemporary world where many authentic indigenous art forms have unfortunately been lost. Even casual readers who thumb through Ms. Crouch's work cannot help but be impressed with the incredible range of the human imagination and the Kuna's unique and vibrant aesthetic representation of their world.
The information about how the molas are made and about the Kuna people is fascinating and will increase your appreciation of this unique art form.