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Subject:Help with an art frame
Posted By: Tony Thu, Apr 14, 2022 IP:

Dear friends,
Going through old stuffs, I don’t suppose this is Asian Art? Asian Folk arts? But I do recall seeing a very similar one auctioned at one of those major houses, just don’t remember by which artist/culture!
It is not painting, but made by stitching fabric.
Any help/info on culture or artist would be greatly appreciated 🙏😊🙏

Subject:Re: Help with an art frame
Posted By: mp.kunst Fri, Apr 15, 2022

It looks more like an example of textile art by the Kuna women of Panama.

Subject:Re: Help with an art frame
Posted By: Steve Gridley Fri, Apr 15, 2022

What you have there is a “Mola” or “Molas”. These are handmade textiles. Traditionally they make up part of the Guna tribe women’s clothing in the San Blas Blas region in Panama. They are said to ward off evil spirits.

Subject:Re: Help with an art frame
Posted By: robert Fri, Apr 15, 2022

It is a woman's blouse panel called a mola. This type of textile was made by women, mainly in Panama, by layering dyed cotton fabrics, which were cut out and sewn to show the design, sometime with small embroidered details. Molas were made starting around the late 1800s until the present. Based on the design and colors your framed mola appears to date to the 1960s or 1970s.

Subject:Re: Help with an art frame
Posted By: Tony Fri, Apr 15, 2022

Dear friends,
Thanks so very much you all for the info and inputs on the cultural origin of this Kuna Mola art frame!!!
Panama - now that it rings a bell from what I recall of that mentioned auctioned frame- with similar theme on sharks/fishes in bottle that went for "CRAZY" number, thus captured my attention at the time - why so much?!
The artist/framing studio went through measure to ensure that it could be known that whether the content is tempered /opened.
With your help, now I will try to identify the artist, if ever possible, to know the context / background on the artist thus the full understand of the meaning of the art. I vastly remember the theme was about oppression / breaking - through in the other one ...
Again, so many thanks all!!! | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |