Such molas are vital as Guna language is predominantly an oral culture, making these textiles the main form of visual recording of Guna's cultural identity and history. There are also "everyday" molas, which often have some elements stitched on the machine.Molas are never thrown out – there is a great tradition of respect
towards this craft within the culture. As molas come in standard set of two simple square panels of the blouse, when the blouse is worn out, the non-embroidered top is thrown out and new one is attached to the mola and the mola itself is fixed where needed. If the mola has served it's duty, it is then used in household – for table cloths, curtains, cushions, bed covers. Most molas are completely hand-sewn and can take anything from 2 weeks for the simple geometric ones to 4-6 months for the most complex and detailed scenery to make.
Сheck out this wonderful article recently published by Fashion Revolution
zine written about the craft of mola and our cooperative :