“We are seekers of extraordinary crafts. We treasure imperfection and magic in color. We empower artisans and love what we do.“
About Mola Sasa
- Yasmin Sabet
- 5 full-time employees & 120 artisans
- Bogota, Colombia
- Indigenous craft newly interpreted
Founded in 2015 by Yasmin Sabet, Mola Sasa was born out of a unique collaboration with the Kuna communities of Colombia. Both culturally and aesthetically rich, our iconic vibrant clutches rapidly caught the attention of the fashion industry scene. Yasmin, of Colombian-Egyptian descent with a background in architecture and furniture design, brings together collections that merge techniques, textures and materials evocative of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary background. Today, Mola Sasa works with an array of techniques to create delicately beautiful hand made products.
The brand is committed to empower artisans and to better the lives of vulnerable communities. It aims at bridging the gap between tradition and progress and collaborates directly with various indigenous communities of Colombia to translate their own traditional art forms and crafts into unparalleled accessory collections defined by a distinctive blending of techniques, colors, textures and materials.
Mola Sasa has created sustainable employment for more than 120 families and continues to expand its mission and ensure a lasting social change for their communities. The brand has become a strategic ally with its artisan partners by bringing light not only their exceptional skills, but also their own personal stories, which is highlighted with every collection. Additionally, Mola Sasa provides job training and opportunities for further growth.
Mola Sasa provides sustainable employment for more than 120 families from the Kankuamo, Kuna and Zenú indigenous communities in Colombia.
More about the communities they work with:
Each Mola Sasa piece evokes a sense of discovery and provides traces of a journey to the world of Colombian ancient tribes, their land, their culture. This exotic aura was the starting point of the brand and follows with every new collection or collaboration.
For generations the indigenous Kuna communities of Caiman Alto in Colombia and in Panama have passed down an ancient appliqué technique of hand sewing cut-out layers of fabric to form an intricate piece of art. Each fabric is the specific design of the artisan woman who carefully works on it. The Kuna culture, beliefs and traditions can be found woven into each composition. Some depict stories, animals or daily scenes while others offer a more abstract design.
The Kuna communities craft the fabrics of the Kuna Clutches by Mola Sasa.
“Working for Mola Sasa has greatly improved our lives, especially for the women heads of households who can now support their own families. Before we only worked for specific fairs in which we not always sold well, Mola Sasa assures us a fixed month to month income. Personally, I love working and it is beautiful to see people admiring our textiles and I feel proud of what we do. Thanks to Mola Sasa our work is now recognized.” Rosmery, Leader of the Kuna Community Kuna Leader
For years the rivers and mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia have witnessed the process in which the Kankuamo indigenous peoples have taken advantage of its natural resources. The artisan activity, especially work with “fique” or “maguey” from the agave palm is a fundamental element of Kankuamo tradition. The fibers are traditionally woven to backpacks or “mochilas”. The women explore various natural dyes to color their crafts and then spin the fibers using a “carrumba” or wooden spinner.
The Kankuamo communities craft hoops of the iconic Maguey Hoops by Mola Sasa.
“It has been a new and different experience and we managed to make a great team with Mola Sasa, that is appreciated. For the artisan women of our community it is a great help in terms of income,“ Indira, Leader of the Knakuomo Community
The Zenú indigenous communities practice the “Caña Flecha” craft, which is idiosyncratic craft typical of the coffee plantation region of San Andrés de Sotavento in the department of Córdoba and Sucre in Colombia. It takes its name from its arrow like designs. This craft is the most important income for the community and it is developed mostly by women. The geometric structure of the arrow cane braid, the ability to braid 21 threads simultaneously, its contrast and texture make it a cultural representation rather than a mere commercial vehicle.
The Zenú communities craft the iconic Caña Flecha Bangles of Mola Sasa.
With every purchase of a fashion accessory by Mola Sasa you not only support the growth of the brand but WLP also directly contributes its profits to improving primary school education in the communities of the artisans behind each product.
Read more about White Label Project’s commitment to support brands and their communities by sharing its profits.