Iguana Mola Panel

c. 1950–70
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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).
Iguana Mola Panel

Iguana Mola Panel

c. 1950–70

Republic of Panamá, Gunayala Comarca, Wissubwala, Guna people

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