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Vintage Mola - "parrot Safety Match Sweden" – Panama Kuna Folk Art Textile For Sale
High buyer wins this colorful 17 1/8" x 13
¼" mola with an image copied from a box of Swedish PARROT SAFETY
MATCHES. We found this anecdote on
the Internet about a nearly identical mola purchased in Caledonia, which leads
us to believe this one may have been made by the same woman:
"While I was ashore, I passed a group of
women sitting together sewing under the shade of an awning spread out near the
'tienda.' One of the women asked me in
Kuna if I liked molas. I said yes,
indeed I did. She took me by the hand
and led me to her hut… When we arrived, I had a sense of deja vue. I recalled visiting this very same hut on our
last visit three years ago. As she
pulled out several nice molas to show me, my memory was clearer. Her name was Delfina Guardia, and I distinctly
recalled a terrific mola that she'd had back then, which I'd decided not to
buy, a decision I'd regretted ever since.
On the front of the blouse had been a rendition of a box of Parrot-brand
matches that said 'Made in Sweden' with no spaces between the words… Many of the molas of the past 75 years are
fanciful renditions of everyday items that the mola maker uses. All of them speak to the contemporary culture
and personal world of the woman who made them."
You can read the anecdote in full, and see a photo of this mola, at
This piece was purchased at an estate sale
mounted and framed. We've removed the
frame and are selling the mola still mounted on its cardboard
backing. The mola is fragile and we do
not believe it can be successfully removed from the cardboard without damage,
so it's best purchased for display purposes.
Very good condition no holes, stains or
rips. Edges are frayed, as is the case
with most molas. We should also mention,
unlike other molas we've seen, this has what appears to be applied pieces of fabric
(not sewn), such as in the lettering (photo 2).
pay USPS Priority or Parcel Select shipping rate. Tracking and
insurance are included.
For International Buyers, USPS Priority
International rate is available. Sorry, due to the cardboard mounting, this
item exceeds the size requirement for First Class shipping. Please note the info below as this may apply to the customs policy
of your country.
payment method we accept is Paypal. Will
ship within 24 hours of receipt of Paypal Sunday-Thursday. Friday and
Saturday payments are shipped the following Monday.
free to contact us with any questions.
Combined shipping whenever possible.
We always do our best to be “green” and use clean
recycled shipping materials whenever possible.
•Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in
the item price or shipping charges. These
charges are the buyer’s responsibility.
•Please check with your country’s customs office to
determine what these additional costs will be prior to offerding. These charges are normally collected by the delivering
freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up – do not confuse them
for additional shipping charges.
•We cannot mark merchandise values below value as this
violates both and USPS policy.
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Vintage Mola - "parrot Safety Match Sweden" – Panama Kuna Folk Art Textile: $77