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MOLAS The use of pieces of patterned fabric enhances the strong optical impact of this mola. Private collection, EHC 3810. MOLAS Dress, Identity, Culture Diana Marks University of New Mexico Press | Albuquerque f © 2016 by the University of New Mexico Press All rights reserved. Published 2016 Printed in the United States of America 21 20 19 18 17 16   1 2 3 4 5 6 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Marks, Diana, [date] author. Title: Molas : dress, identity, culture / Diana Marks. Description: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2016. | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2015044248 (print) | LCCN 2016005327 (ebook) | ISBN 9780826357069 (pbk. : alk. paper) | ISBN 9780826357076 (electronic) Subjects: LCSH: Molas. | Cuna Indians—Clothing. | Cuna Indians—Ethnic identity. Classification: LCC F1565.2.C8 M36 2016 (print) | LCC F1565.2.C8 (ebook) | DDC 305.897/83—dc23 LC record available at front cover photograph: Mola EHC 3891. back cover photographs: Detail 1 of EHC 3891, Detail 2 of EHC 3891, Detail 3 of EHC 3891, Detail 4 of EHC 3891, Detail 5 of EHC 3891, and Detail 6 of EHC 3891, courtesy of Diana Marks. opening endpapers: Turtles are significant in Kuna cosmology, related to the concept of birth and renewal. When worn on a blouse, the turtles would face the same direction. The back panel is more noticeably faded, and there are variations between the designs. Private collection, EHC 3589 (left), EHC 2985 (right). closing endpapers: Pair of mola panels, source inspiration unknown. EHC 3556, on the left, most likely inspired by a printed image. EHC 3745 on the right. Private collection. book design: Catherine Leonardo Composed in Minion Pro Display is Gill Sans Std Unless otherwise indicated, copyright for all images rests with the author. For Dennis ...


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