Mola Designs: 45 Authentic Indian Designs from Panama (Dover Pictorial Archive) Paperback – 28 Mar 2003
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Overall it's an excellent resource for textile artists interested in Central American design, and a fine starting point for developing one's own reverse applique designs. Good value for a modest price!
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They have since been adapted by tourists as Art. Some are paired quite effectively as wall hangings, others have become quilts. Frederick Shaffer has planned this coloring book with designs grouped in ancient & modern themes: home, religion & superstition, animal life, vegetation, and also "practice panels" designed by young girls. The historical information with archival photographs is very helpful in understanding the culture & designs and adds considerably more value than most coloring books.
The word "mola" means reverse-applique needlework. This technique was for years unique to the Cuna women and is decidedly 'tricky' in execution. Reviewer mcHAIKU thinks that coloring the first illustrations may appeal more to adults. MY nostalgic self had fun coloring the "fish skeletons" with a gold Pilot fine point, a blue Zig Millenium (non-bleeding) and other pens, plus "Wite-Out." The pages are good enough quality that colors (mostly!) do not show through on the other side. Whether you color "outside the box" or in, you will find much to enjoy in this book from DOVER's Pictorial Archive Series.
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