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Crawling geckos! Jumping geometrics! Without fabric or sewing a stitch, design a traditional appliqué-like mola using the amazing technology of Crayola® Color Switchers™ Markers!
A mola is a traditional blouse worn by Kuna women. These blouses are made of two panels that are hand stitched with intricate designs. Mola designs include everything in a Kuna Indian’s life, including the natural world, dreams, imaginary monsters, geometric shapes, and contemporary imagery brought in by tourists. Invite students to learn more about these designs and the culture that is best known for them. Organize text resources and teacher-approved Internet web sites for students to view during this research.
Bring the class together to discuss what was learned during their research. What connections can students make with their own lives?
To create personal mola replicas, students use Crayola Washable Markers to draw the outline of an animal, person, or imaginary creature in the center of white construction paper. In the spaces around the outline, draw additional creatures. Leave space around each drawing. Fill smaller spaces with simple shapes, such as geometric shapes.
To create the mola effect, outline each drawing with different colors until the bands touch. Remind students that their patterns should be filled with color.
When the entire pattern is filled with color, students make these patterns look like stitching by using dashed lines made with a dark colored marker, for an effect similar to the cloth molas.
Students mount their molas on a contrasting color of construction paper with Crayola Glue Sticks. Include in a display of traditional textile designs from many parts of the world.
Explore colorful fiber arts of the Kuna Indians. Work with classmates to create a vibrant Mola Mural to showcase contemp
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