Mola is a traditional form of reverse applique worked by the Kuna Indians of the San Blas Islands of the coast of Panama.
Kuna Indian Woman wearing a mola blouse

Mola is used to make panels for the front and back of womens blouses in traditional costume. The designs have a joyous, niave quality. The whole fabric is reverse appliqued, building up complex patterns often based on an animal.Colours are bright and vibrant, reds, oranges and blacks being popular.

Visit Mola and Co to see more wonderful molas like this one.

Mola Blouse, The Embroiderers Guild of America

This fabulous mola blouse is in the collection of The Embroiderers' Guild of America

Bird Eating Fish Mola

This mola and many others can be seen at  Panama Mola

Rita Smith Molas Gallery is a useful site with many pictures and molas for sale 

How to make a fabric mola - Step by step guide

full day course on Mola work

Our pinterest board about Mola