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Basket Mola Panel (Garba Mor)

Basket Mola Panel (Garba Mor)

c. 1950–70
Location: not on view


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.
  • Vazquez de Arthur, Andrea. Fashioning identity: Mola textiles of Panamá = modelar la identidad : textiles Mola de Panamá / Andrea Vazquez de Arthur. 2020. Mentioned: pp. 10-11; Reproduced: p. 10. Fig. 9b
  • Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panamá. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 22, 2020-January 9, 2022).
    Year in Review: 1971. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (December 28, 1971-February 6, 1972).
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