Labryinth Mola Pillow: Stripe Back

From the San Blas islands in Panama, this vintage piece of abstract Mola applique is truly a rare and storied find! While mola (MO-la) means blouse in the Kona language, the art form actually has its origins in body painting. Before Spanish missionaries arrived in Panama the Kona tribe women would elaborately paint their bodies with geometric designs and labyrinths, but with westernization and missionary pressures they translated these designs into their clothes still defiantly holding onto their cultural identity.   Over the years the abstract patterns evolved to incorporate imagery from nature, including little animals embedded into the mazes or emerging from the folds.  

Warm shades of orange and red swirl symmetrically, accented by black zig-zags and a diamond center.  We've backed and corded this hot little number in a striped cotton ticking.

Made in Charleston, SC from vintage Panamanian textile

100% cotton; feather/down insert, zipper close

18.5" L x 12" H