Iguana Mola Panel

Iguana Mola Panel

c. 1950–70

Cotton: reverse appliqué, appliqué, embroidery

Overall: 43.8 x 55.3 cm (17 1/4 x 21 3/4 in.)

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. F. Louis Hoover 1971.217

Description

Guna standards of beauty are
inseparable from technique—the best
molas are challenging to execute and
filled with laborious embellishments
that enhance a mola’s splendor and
bring prestige to its maker. Each filler,
or decorative element, has a specific,
doubled-syllable name. Das-das are
short, parallel slits; idi-idi and ada-ada
refer to lines edged with squared and
triangular teeth, respectively; and
wawa-naled are tiny triangles created

by adding fabric (so-called pips) or
cutting it away (nips).

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