These purses made from Molitas (small Molas) featuring bats are made in the San Blas Islands off the east coast of Panama. Each bag has a shoulder length cord and zipper top. We also have slightly smaller Molitas available loose, which can be attached to any garment, bag or fabric as a decorative element. Purse are $36.00. Decorative molitas are $12.00.
Traditional Mola designs feature any element from nature or even popular culture in an art form developed to use as decoration for clothing. Now Molas are used as wall art and other forms of decoration as well.
Mola is the Kuna Indian word for blouse, but the term mola has come to mean the elaborate embroidered panels that make up the front and back of a Kuna woman's blouse. The Kuna Indians are the native people who live on small coral islands in the San Blas Archipelago along the Atlantic coast of Panama and Colombia. Molas are collected as folk art and can be viewed at some of the finest museums in the world like the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
Each is an original one of kind design. Choose the individual bag based on drop down selection. Image will match selection made. Purses have shoulder strap, zipper top and are padded. 7 1/2 by 8 inches. Decorative molitas are 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches.