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Kuna

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I was walking through the market and drawn to these colourful patches and panels of embroidery. The market vendor explained that these were the work of the Kuna, an indigenous group of people from Panama and Columbia. They are known for their molas, the beautiful panels made with applique, reverse applique and embroidery. The Kuna women wear a panel on the front and the back of a blouse as their traditional dress.  I found some images here.

As I was down to my last few Colones, I furiously digged through a bag of patches of all sorts of birds and animals. I finally decided on this little toucan and said “au revoir!” to the vendor who decided to try some french on us.

~ Lurgs