Christine Thornton's Art Studio

teaching art skills and creativity

Cut Paper Molas

Art Start April 2018

The Cuna Indians of Panama are famous for their hand made traditional clothing, called molas. They sew intricate designs by layering cloth and cutting through the different layers to show what's underneath (reverse applique). For these cut paper molas, we did the opposite, layering on top of a base. First students made a sketch of whatever subject they wanted. Then they traced the sketch onto thick paper to make a template they would cut out. This template was traced again and again to make larger and smaller versions of the main subject. Background designs were added with both paper and colored pencil. The final step was stitching the paper with embroidery thread.