Kuna Mola Military Eagle
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The Mola is approx 13 3/4" x 18".
The Kunas live on the San Blas Islands and on the Darien peninsula in Kuna Yala
Kuna women make and wear blouses decorated with appliqued cloth, reverse appliqued cloth and embroidery.
The blouses, and their decorative front and rear panels, are referred to as molas.
The best molas are amazing works of textile folk art – on par with great quilts from America or Asafo flags from Ghana.
I emailed a photo of this Mola to the Mola online museum and was told it is a nice piece, most likely showing an eagle from a U.S. military symbol.
It was probably made from the mid 1960's plus or minus 5 years.
The stitching on this piece is very fine and appears to have 4 layers.
It appears the prior owner used colored markers to enhance some of the areas on the piece and there are some areas where the fabric is deteriorating.