The tumultuous history of the Kuna people tells us about a proud race, survivor of processes that marked the difficult destiny of many Aboriginal cultures in Latin America. After great struggles, their community preserved a strong identity that has flourished in some jungle areas of Panama and Colombia where they currently inhabit. Part of the important testament of this persistence to refuse to disappear in oblivion lies in its artistic expressions, from which the MOLAS, hand-woven fabrics with geometric and colorful patterns, stand out representing the rich imaginary that illustrates its tradition, mythology, and their historical dignity. According to a legend, this technique was taught directly by Kikardiryai, sister of the prophet Ibeorgun, who came down from the sky to instruct women in this complex art (in which multiple layers of cloth overlap each other) in order not only to create a unique expression, but above all, to transmit to the future generations the Kuna tradition.


Almost fifty years ago this indigenous community decided to open up to the world and share this wonderful and vital artisan expression, for which 2000 Kuna women decided to form a cooperative in order to maintain the sacred essence of these fabrics, avoiding any excessive commercialization. They also created alliances with craftsmen in the main cities of Colombia, which have managed to maintain internationally recognized quality standards.