mola sasa

“We are seekers of extraordinary crafts. We treasure imperfection and magic in color. We empower artisans and love what we do.“

founded by

Yasmin Sabet

about mola sasa

5 full-time employees & 120 artisans

COMMUNITIES they work with

KUNA


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.

KANKUAMO


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.

ZENÚ


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.