[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.