Jan 17, 2018

Basket Mola Panel (Garba Mor)

Basket Mola Panel (Garba Mor)

c. 1950–70

Cotton: reverse appliqué, appliqué, embroidery

Overall: 32.5 x 39 cm (12 13/16 x 15 3/8 in.)

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. F. Louis Hoover 1971.211



Among the most abstract mola designs are those based on men’s basketry, like these examples. The rhythmic, meandering lines produce effects that sometimes make the pattern shift under the viewer’s gaze. These technical marvels require extreme precision, particularly in cutting long, uninterrupted slits in the upper layer (or layers) of cloth.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.