Woman's mola shirt

Panamanian (Cuna culture)
about 1930


Object Place: San Blas Islands, Panama

Dimensions

Other: CB 69.9 cm (27 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2003.328

Medium or Technique

Cotton damask, reverse applique

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Woman’s mola shirt with yoke and sleeves of purple trade cloth patterned in twill weave with weft floats; reverse appliqued panels of abstract design on front and back that probably represents Kuna belief and mythology in polychrome cotton plain weave and small fragments of trade cloth.

Provenance

Purchased by Bess Shaw Piper (donor's great aunt), 1930s or 40s; Gift to Elizabeth Ann Coleman, 1950s; Gift to the MFA, June 25, 2003

Credit Line

Gift of Elizabeth Ann Coleman