Els Mommers – Country – Flora/Fauna
PANAMA: FLORA AND FAUNA
What came up in my mind first, thinking about the flora and fauna of the islands, was of course, the palm trees, with the abundance of coconuts, that grow there. Next was the fish that is being caught and cleaned daily for the banana-fish soup that is made on a wood fire and which is the daily diet of the Indians living on het islands.
I appliqued the tree trunk and the coconuts on a hand painted background. The palm leaves are first painted with an acrylic pen and later thread painted by machine. The island in the distance, with all the palm trees is a phototransfer with gel medium on organza.
The lady who cleans the silver fish is made with the paper doll technique explained in the book “Create landscape quilts” by Meri Henriques Vahl. The lady with the bunch of bananas and the bowl with fish is first drawn on water-soluble fleece and then sewed onto the background in front of the banana tree. She is wearing a part of an original mola blouse and skirts and head scarfs of both ladies are pieces of original clothing of the Indians also.
As in all the other pieces of this year’s challenge I have added on the side, a piece of a panel of an original mola blouse, that has been worn by an Indian woman. I was lucky enough to find, in my collection, a piece with two birds, which fits nicely into this theme. Sky and sea are machine quilted and the beach part is hand quilted.
Pictures of the whole process can be seen on my blog: http://kunamola.blogspot.com
Original part of a mola panel:
Detail – coconuts
Detail – Kuna Indian ladies
detail: Kuna Indian ladies.