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Black-and-white designs based on reverse appliquâe mola patterns worked by Cuna Indian women in Panama.
Demonstrates an intricate applique technique developed in Panama, and explains how to make wall hangings, clothing, and quilts using mola designs
The Kuna of Panama, today one of the best known indigenous peoples of Latin America, moved over the course of the twentieth century from orality and isolation towards literacy and an active engagement with the nation and the world. Recognizing the fascination their culture has held for many outsiders, Kuna intellectuals and villagers have collaborated actively with foreign anthropologists to counter anti-Indian prejudice with positive accounts of their people, thus becoming the agents as well as subjects of ethnography. One team of chiefs and secretaries, in particular, independently produced a series of historical and cultural texts, later published in Sweden, that today still constitute the foundation of Kuna ethnography. As a study of the political uses of literacy, of western representation and indigenous counter-representation, and of the ambivalent inter-cultural dialogue at the heart of ethnography, Chiefs, Scribes, and Ethnographers addresses key issues in contemporary anthropology. It is the story of an extended ethnographic encounter, one involving hundreds of active participants on both sides and continuing today.
The fabrics we use to create clothing and home decor reflect our culture and heritage. This book takes readers around the world as it introduces them to fabric techniques through interviews with experts in the field. From sadza batik in Zimbabwe to Japanese sashiko quilting, the authentic method for creating each fabric is explained, along with simplified instructions for recreating the look. Color photographs, patterns, designs and stencils assist readers in utilizing the fabric for unique home decor. Includes an extensive appendix, a detailed glossary and traceable patterns. This book features 12 fabric styles and 15 projects. It offers information on the authentic fabric, how it is created and its place in the culture of the country. Global Expressions presents easy-to-follow directions on how to recreate the fabric.
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