Mola workshop – Yoshiko Kuroda


Mola is a traditional art for of the Kuma, an ingenious people of Panama and Columbia. It froms essential part of their costumes; back and front panels are made with layers of bright coloured materials which are carefully cut out with great pains according to designs. The Kuma have no written language and their motifs are the powerful reflection of surrounding nature, their spirituality and everyday lives.

Local children enjoyed looking at the colourful work by Mari Mochizuki and met the challenge of difficult task cutting out various shapes showing their impressive dexterity.