Mola love


I think I would have liked to have been a cultural anthropologist……although I’d probably have an even bigger stash of fabrics and REALLY cool textiles. This is half of a mola….I used the other half as the central panel in a baby blanket. I think the piece as a whole may have been torn, so to save it I cut it in half. A thrift store find.

I have recently pulled it out, and decided that I’d like to learn how to make these. I was surprised to read last night in my research that the Kuna Indian may be descendents of Southeast Asia, as long as 6 thousand years ago. The textiles of  Hmong and Laos are thought to be very similar. I had thought the same thing before, they do look very similar. Has anyone tried to make these or tried reverse applique? It looks challenging, but so beautiful.



  1. ninox said,

    January 24, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Oooh I totally love molas, this is a great sample!

  2. Acey said,

    January 24, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Hey this is actually my all time favorite technique – reverse applique, that is. I have not made anything close to being a true mola. This piece inspires me to change that. What a fabulous find – how excited you must have been when you first discovered it!

  3. maura said,

    January 27, 2008 at 2:57 am

    very nice!
    i’ve done a little bit of reverse applique and loved the way it looked…but i get lazy about all the little tucking. i’m a lazy embroiderer…but storing lots away for when i can make some quiet time.

  4. Ravenhill said,

    January 27, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I have tried reverse applique (very simple things) and I am an anthropologist! I can’t wait to see what you do. Thank you for showing your beautiful cultural artifact.

  5. jude said,

    January 27, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    i have been trying to comment for days on this but our computers must be having a secret conflict!!! i have done a lot of this, i am tring to find an old one i did that was more inspired by the classic style. try it you will love it!

  6. clara said,

    January 29, 2008 at 3:12 am

    Reverse applique sounds good!

  7. martie said,

    January 30, 2008 at 2:24 am

    I’ve never done anything like this, but I bet you can master it and I’m looking forward to seeing yours. You are a great fabric artist!

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