Sunday, September 2, 2012

Panamanian Treasures

 C has returned from her two weeks in Panama.  She brought me the mola with the wonderful angels.  I'm going to frame it in black fabric and hang them in our room.  The other molas are gifts for family.  The basket was made by the women in the Wounaan indigenous community of Maje Chiman.  Their community hosted her group.  The women harvest the palm, dry and split it, and then use natural dyes from the rainforest for the colors, which are very vibrant.    They weave the baskets using a coiling technique.  This one has orchids, a hummingbird, and a red flower on the base.  It was very finely woven by someone with real skill.

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