We are seekers of extraordinary crafts. We treasure imperfection and magic in color. We empower artisans and love what we do."
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 multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary backgrounds.
TEAM: 5 full-time employees + 120 artisans.
LOCATION: Bogota, Colombia.
MATERIALS: Cut out layers of fabric.
TECHNIQUE: Traditional art forms and crafts into unparalleled accessory collections defined by a distinctive blending of techniques, colors, textures, and materials.
IMPACT: Mola Sasa provides sustainable employment for more than 120 Colombian families from Kankuamo, Kuna, and Zenú indigenous communities.
Communities we work with
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.
For years the rivers and mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia have witnessed the process in which the Kankuamo indigenous people have taken advantage of its natural resources. The artisan activity especially works with “fique” or “maguey” from the agave palm, a fundamental element of Kankuamo tradition. The fibers are traditionally woven into 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.
The Zenú indigenous communities practice the “Caña Flecha” craft, which is an 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, and 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.
"Each Mola Sasa piece evokes a sense of discovery and provides traces of a journey to the world of Colombian ancient tribes, their land, and their culture. This exotic aura was the starting point of the brand and follows with every new collection or collaboration."
- Mariana Vieira