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Vintage 'Reverse Applique' Home Decor Bold Graphics - $85 (Asheville)

Lots of labor intensive tiny hand stitches. Reverse applique is a fabric manipulation method where designs are cut out of the top layer of fabric, and then layers are added underneath. This gives it a textured and layered look. Vibrant colors and dramatic geometric design. Vintage but has been stored for decades. Sides are unfinished. 13 x 17. Actual worked area is 11.5 x 16. From a smoke free and pet free home. I purchased it when I went to live on these incredible remote islands where this was made near Panama on the Caribbean. These works of art are a part of the blouses they make for themselves to wear.
Molas are hand-made using a reverse appliqué technique using several layers of different colored cloth. The largest pattern is typically cut from the top layer and smaller patterns from each underlying layer. Geometric molas are the most traditional. Originating from ancient body paintings. Designs often portray wildlife around them. Inspiration comes from the nature and beauty that surrounds them.

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