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The New York Times website has an article in their travel section today about the San Blas Islands in Panama and the accompanying photos show some beautiful examples of the local “mola” textile tradition. Here’s the NYT’s subtitle for the top image, above: “A Kuna Indian woman at work on an intricately patterned mola. Molas, layered lengths of fabric intricately cut and sewn into various colors and designs, serve as blouses for Kuna women and prized souvenirs for tourists.” Below that, I’m including an image of a Mola shirt from the “Art of Being Kuna” exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian.