ET&MT COLOMBIAN ART offers an extensive collection of unique art products.
Beautiful combination of Colombian cow leather and multi-colour fabric applications cut and sewn by hand by Kuna Indians. Each product is a unique art masterpiece representing the wildlife and nature of the region where the tribe lives.
The mola forms part of the traditional costume of a Kuna woman. The Kuna people hail mostly from Panama but there are small villages in Colombia where they also live. The mola blouse is made when two mola panels are incorporated as front and back panels of the same piece. The full costume traditionally includes a patterned wrapped skirt, a red and yellow headscarf, arm and leg beads, a gold nose ring and earrings in addition to the mola blouse.
In Dulegaya, the Kuna’s native language, “mola” means “shirt” or “clothing”. The mola originated with the tradition of Kuna women painting their bodies with geometrical designs, using available natural colours; in later years these same designs were woven in cotton, and later still, sewn using cloth bought from the European settlers of Panamá.
Molas have their origin in the body painting. Only after the colonization by the Spanish and contact with missionaries the Kuna started to transfer their traditional geometric designs on fabric, first by painting directly on the fabric and later by using the technique of reverse application. It is not known for certain when this technique was first used. It is assumed that the oldest molas are between 150 and 170 years old.
Depending on the tradition of each island, Kuna women begin with the crafting of molas either after they reach puberty, some even at a much younger age. Women who prefer to dress in western style are in the minority
ET&MT COLOMBIAN ART will donate 55% of all sales from the CDCMAC1 Bag from May 5, 2017 to May 5, 2018. Funds raised will go toward Mental Heath Programs at North York General Hospital.
SHINY LEATHER COLOURS:
BLACK, RED, BLUE, AGED BLACK, VIOLET, FUCHSIA, YELLOW, TOBACCO, ORANGE, GREEN, DARK BLUE and GREY
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The bags are made with top quality Mola, fine silks and EKA national chaps.
You may order your bag on the following shiny leather colours: black, red, blue, aged black, violet, fuchsia, yellow, tobacco, orange, green, dark blue, grey.
The wallets are made using shiny leather and also aged leather. The aged leather colours we use are: natural, brown, green, gray, beige, dark blue and black
The shoes and boots are made with 100% Mola with rubber outsole. The shiny leather colours available for shoes and boots are: black, red, blue, tobacco, violet, fuchsia, yellow, orange, dark blue and beige
All the products are customized.
100% leather and Mola
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