Fewer colors = greater molas?

In Mari Lyn Salvador’s important book, Yer Dailege!, she surveys a number of Guna mola makers, asking them what makes for a good mola. The biggest criticism of their favorite mola was that it had “too many small areas of color.” We agree with these women. Sometimes the very best molas use a small number of colors. The result is often quite striking. Fewer colors often equals greater visual impact. Here are some examples we like.

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