Women are the Kuna-culture bearers, as they have kept their language, as well as their traditional custome and handicrafts. Consious of their individual appearance, Kuna women are keenly awear that their custome is an esential part of their cultural identity, especially the “molas” that began originally as body paintings in geometric designs.
Later on, with the arrival of the conquerors, Kuna women transfered these traditional designs to cotton fabrics, layering several fabrics together and then cutting pieces away to reveal the underneath colours. Molas show current features of the Kuna environment, both vegetal and animal, as well as geometric and mythological designs. Yet another reason to sail San Blas and discover the Kuna traditions!