Earlier in the year we made “molas” in art class with our fantastic art teacher, Ms. Conway.
Molas are a type of applique art made by the Kuna Indians of the San Blas Islands in Panama.
Applique art is when you put layers of material on top of one another to make a design or a pattern.
The Kuna Indians make applique molas by sewing pieces of colorful fabric on top of other pieces to make beautiful designs. The designs of molas usually have subjects that are inspired by nature. Here are some examples that Ms. Conway shared with us:
And here is a picture of a Kuna woman showing her molas in Panama:
We didn’t use fabric and sewing to make our molas. Instead, we cut designs and patterns out of construction paper and glued the layers together. We had to cut out each new layer and then glue it onto another piece of colored paper.
Here is a slide show of some of our molas:
(Here is a link to learn more about molas and the Kuna Indians, with directions for making your own paper mola at home.)