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												Untitled mola (“Singer Sewing Machines”) by Anonymous
	 - Original work
			 - 1950s–60s
		 - from Passages Bookshop (SKU: 4591)

Untitled mola (“Singer Sewing Machines”)

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Untitled mola (“Singer Sewing Machines”)

by Anonymous

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About This Item

San Blas Islands, Panama: Artist, 1950s–60s. Original work. 18.5 x 13.75 inches (image area). Reverse appliqué, in wood and cloth frame.

The painted wood frame bears some scuffs and scrapes (as seen in image); the mola itself is in very good condition, slightly faded with age but still vivid.

A wonderfully detailed mola from the Cuna people of the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama, with traced letters, figures carrying what might be fish (or rattles, or lanterns), and a bright, intricate geometric background. The legend, SINGER SEWING MACHINES, with its reversed and upside-down letters, is a perhaps unintentionally ironic commentary on this hand-sewn practice.


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Untitled mola (“Singer Sewing Machines”)
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San Blas Islands, Panama
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About Passages Bookshop

Passages Bookshop stocks fine, rare, and unusual books and graphic art, with a concentration on modern and contemporary literature and art (particularly poetry and the avant-garde), artist's books, fine printing, and the book arts. The successor to New York City's Bridge Bookshop (late 1980s), Passages opened in Albuquerque in 1994 and relocated to Portland, Oregon, in 1997. In November of 2015 we moved to a new retail shop and gallery centrally located in Portland's east side, two blocks north of the convention center, where we are typically open Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 to 6:00 pm, as well as by appointment or chance. Proprietor: David Abel,


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