2Market2: clothing & handpicked goods was beyond excited to be out thrifting for treasures and to come across these original, vintage molas for our own collection. We adore the lovely vintage blouses and molitas photographed below and are so amazed at their exquisite detail and design. Fabulous finds! You just never know what you might discover at a local thrift shop mixed in clothing and linens! Learn more about traditional molas and take a peek at our finds below!
Molas are the brightly colored appliqué panels made only in the San Blas region of Panama by the Kuna Indians. Despite their limited provenance, these gorgeous textiles have interested collectors and inspired artists all over the world. Molas have engaging designs, brilliant hues and meticulous stitching. The Kuna women observe the world around them and stitch what they see into stunning appliqué designs. The first mola-like clothing appeared in the late- 1800′s. The word mola can mean “cloth,” “clothing,” or “blouse,” although it has come to signify to most people the stitched panel itself. Almost all Kuna women make molas, not as a pastime but as an important source of family revenue. Girls learn to make molas at a very young age, as early as four or five years old and become quite skillful stitchers by their late teens. A woman might send up to a total of 100 hours completing a mola, spread out over four to six weeks.
Until tourism exploded in the 1960′s, molas were almost all sewn exclusively for the maker’s own use and wear. Its maker takes great care in planning the design, cutting the pattern precisely and stitching the layers invisibly. The oldest recorded mola on record was collected in 1909 (the year my great grandmother was born), and is now at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Mola panels were traditionally made for the backs and fronts of women’s blouses, but today are sold by themselves. Designs vary from geometric designs, abstract patterns, native animals, local vegetation, animals, village life, tribal religion, forms of transportation, etc. The array of mola designs one may come across is impressive and every one is unique as its maker.
1. Native American Vintage Turquoise & Coral Necklace discovered at 2Market2
2. Vintage Native American Inspired Black Beaded Bracelet on Leather discovered at 2Market2
3. Vintage Turquoise and Coral Choker discovered at 2Market2
4. Metal & Leather Vintage Belt discovered at 2Market2
5. Vintage Metal Airplane Necklace discovered at 2Market2
6. Native American Turquoise Bracelet discovered at 2Market2
What do you think about molas? Are you feeling inspired to collect, to create, or to bring in some of these gorgeous designs, colors and patterns into your home or wardrobe pallet? We sure are at 2Market2: clothing& handpicked goods!
What you’ll need:
craft nest * river rocks * moss * glue * acrylic paint * paint brushes * water container * sparkle glue for eggs * tiny feathers * hot glue set up * handmade tag for gift giving
Simply follow the visual steps below to make a lovely nest to share with those you treasure!
Have a lovely day!
2Market2: clothing & handpicked goods created a hand-painted watercolor for the lovely Miss Kathryn Camp of Handmade at Miss Kathryn’s, a licensed home childcare program, Waldorf inspired, located in downtown Carbondale, Colorado, as a little “thank you” for creating such special memories! The original painting was framed and wrapped for Miss Kathryn and colored prints were made for each child, as a keepsake!
A glimpse of the hand-painted watercolor prints ready to go home to each child!
The home of Miss Kathryn and place where all the children gather for Handmade at Miss Kathryn’s! 2Market2 took a few photos of the home to incorporate into the hand-painted watercolor to personalize!
A few of the words that come to mind when we think of a day at Handmade at Miss Kathryn’s!
As Miss Kathryn shares, her program is a place …”Where children play, sing, dance, tell stories, and paint. We imagine. We wonder at the simple joys of each season. We also explore the abundance of our organic backyard garden, and enjoy age-appropriate, hands-on cooking projects that will go home, to make dinnertime (and Mama’s day) a bit easier. Kid’s love to play with their food. And I love playing with kids in the kitchen. It’s messy, collaborative, and fun. It engages all of our senses in wholly nurturing ways. So, I created a food-centric childcare program that allows me to offer fun, hands-on ways for children to celebrate real food. I keep it light, so that children can have time to deeply enjoy each other, with a peaceful, happy unfolding of the day. From flower fairies to honeybees and hearth candles, everything in the eyes of a child is magical. This is their gift to me, and I savor the magic.”
Another “thank you” for grandparents after a recent camping trip brought to you by 2Market2!
Have a lovely day! xoxo
Handmade exclusively for 2Market2 from salvaged wools & beautiful reclaimed fabrics. Constructed with a bold color scheme and amazing wool blend. Warm and cool tones adorn these lovely wool skirts with handpicked patterns. Each of our skirts are in-house made, are one of a kind and cannot be reproduced. A lovely wool skirt for your 2Market2 lil’ gal made of recycled wool sweaters, reclaimed fabrics and fresh cottons. Gathered waist designed with colorful cotton fabrics. Each skirt is a one-of-a-kind! An adorable 2Market2 custom creation. Fits a lil’ one generally for a few years! A handmade piece that will sure bring in lots of compliments! Handmade with lots of LOVE. Please treasure this little skirt & WASH BY HAND or place in a NET BAG on COLD and HANG to dry!
2Market2: clothing & handpicked goods outside photo shoot with Little Sprouts sporting their Lil’ Gal Salvaged Wool Skirts exclusively handmade in-house by 2Market2! A gorgeous, snow filled day in the mountains of Colorado! Visit our One-of-a-Kind collection of limited edition goods at 2Market2!
While browsing over at the lovely Dommie- exquisite and unique treasures over in the UK. 2Market2: clothing & handpicked goods discovered a lovely interview featuring the lovely elsie*cake also known as Elsie Larson, boutique owner of Red Velvet and A Beautiful Mess blog. We thought we’d share a few photos of Elsie Larson courtesy of Dommie’s lovely interview! Small world, as 2Market2: clothing & handpicked goods is currently a sponsor of Elsie’s lovely A Beautiful Mess blog and Dommie just contacted 2Market2 for an interview! To read full interview with Elsie, visit Dommie’s beautiful blog!
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