Lo siento, (I’m sorry!) I apologize in advance for veering a bit off course for this week’s story alphabet via Spanish words. How can I not include Panama’s unique Kuna Indians in this challenge?
When I lived in Costa Rica, I often visited my friend Barbara, who lives in the “Amador” area of Panama where the Panama Canal merges into the Pacific Ocean. The Kuna Indians’ unique ‘mola textiles’ colored the artisan markets in that area, and I always paused to admire the rich colors and finely-crafted works of art.
My interest at the time was on stained-glass windows, and I was preparing to capture the beauty of stained glass in watercolors. The first ‘Mola” concept was a collective project to nudge Barbara out of a painting block. I sketched the design, and she and her daughter Bobbe and I floated the colors with a relaxed ease. Continue reading