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Pattern: “Sucha” designed by Jane McGown Flyn
Pattern #1398 M
Size: 24”x36”
Backing: warp cloth

“Sucha” is a pattern designed by Jane McGown Flynn. The design belongs to the family of the Mola which is a craft developed in Central American countries, specifically in Panama.
History of Molas: The “Mola” is part of the traditional costume of a Kuna (Panamanian woman). Two Mola panels are used as the front and back panels of a blouse. Molas are hand made using a reverse appliqué technique with two to seven layers of different-colored cloth (usually cotton). The Kuna first used geometrical patterns which were used for body painting before. In the past 50 years they also started to depict realistic and abstract designs of flowers, sea animals and birds.
“Sucha” design: Jane McGown Flyn captured the real spirit of Mola in her own butterfly design. I tried to preserve the color scheme of the traditional “Molas” and used warp cloth backing which allowed me to work in #4 cut.
My research of Molas inspired me to work with the same vibrant colors which Kunas (Panamanian women) used to developed their own craft.
My focus was to use solids reds, oranges, greens, blues and golds. I added some transitional wool material to show up the shape of the butterfly. For the background I pick a light but vibrant green to enhance the main design which is the butterfly in its full image.
The 2” additional border, hooked in the family of the brown and gold colors, frames the design and makes the actual size of the rug 26”x38”.
It was a real challenge to display all the colors in a way that will show up in their own intensity.
For the finishing around the edge I used the herringbone stitch with yarn matching the brown color from the border.

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