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Child’s Short Sleeve Mola (20th Century) Kuna People, Panama Cotton, cut-out to expose underlying fabric, embroidery, and metal zipper Mr. and Mrs. Berry B. Brooks Collection 1984.1.246c



Kuna women and omekits (transgender males) sew and design molas, traditional blouses for women and girls. Mola designers observe the world around them and create designs from their imagination and dreams. In 1968, anthropologist Clyde Keeler noted that when a design becomes popular, "..other women copy it, and it sweeps the San Blas coast like a song hit in the U.S."

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