Yesterday we spent the morning visiting some parts of Arraiján, part of our work to diagnose the current state of the public space around there.
To our surprise we got to a village near Cerro Cabra where the Kuna people were gathered, commemorating 86 years of revolution of the Kuna people in Panama. Most of my photos from that gathering were of the children, but before leaving I managed to make a portrait of this woman.
Kuna is the name of an indigenous people of Panama and Colombia. The Kuna live in three politically autonomous comarcas or reservations in Panama, and in a few small villages in Colombia.
There are also communities of Kuna people in Panama City, Colón, and other cities. The greatest number of Kuna people live on small islands in the comarca of Kuna Yala. The other two Kuna comarcas in Panama are Kuna de Madugandí and Kuna de Wargandí.
The Kuna are famous for their bright molas, a colorful textile art form made with the techniques of applique and reverse appliqué. Mola panels are used to make the blouses of the Kuna women's national dress, which is worn daily by many Kuna women. Mola means "clothing" in the Kuna language. The Kuna word for a mola blouse is Tulemola, (or "dulemola") "Kuna people's clothing."
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