If you haven’t seen the amazing Kuna Mola: Maintaining Tradition Amid Change exhibit now on display at Coburn Gallery in the Worner Center on the Colorado College campus, we highly recommend you check it out before it closes on January 27. In this slide show, independent curator and textile collector Joyce Cheney gives a condensed version of the lecture she delivered at the opening of the exhibition last month, but the pieces truly have to be seen to appreciate the craft and colors!

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6 Responses to A Quick History of Kuna Molas

  1. Mary Ellen says:

    Beautiful & informative. Gotta see that show.

  2. This looks fantastic. I love this kind of stuff. Will have to check it out for sure. Thank you for the tip!

  3. hannahfriend says:

    Loved the molas. Now I appreciate more some of the imported clothes I’ve seen with similar type of work. THX!

  4. Fabulous exhibit. Different and exciting designs.

  5. Joyce A. Eckler says:

    Kudos to Joyce Cheney for the wonderful short history of the Kuna Molas. The brilliant colors and symbolic figures say a lot about their culture as well as their artistic skill.
    Joyce Eckler

  6. Renee Ozer says:

    Fascinating story. I decided I just had to have one of those molas with the RCA logo, and found the following article from the Christian Science Monitor on molas and mola marketing:
    http://www.csmonitor.com/1992/0309/09101.html

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