Style Court

Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

6.19.2014

Pattern Play

[Detail images via Sarajo]

Feathers of birds and scales of fish are all stylized into red and white stripes on this early-20th-century mola by the Kuna women of Panama.


A graphic appliquéd piece (17" x 19") available through Sarajo, it seems like a great candidate to frame and hang. Up close, it kind of feels like some of Bridget Riley's monochromatic Op Art works that came decades later, right?

To see multi-colored molas, visit the Hood Museum. On a loosely related note, across the pond, London's Fashion and Textile Museum has on view Made in Mexico: The Rebozo in Art, Culture and Fashion. The exhibition is said to be the first ever devoted to the shawls favored by Frida Kahlo.


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