MOLA SASA creates unique handcrafted pieces to infuse the perfect amount of freshness and sophistication into the wardrobe of the contemporary woman. Free-spirited and worldly, Mola Sasa is synonymous of an effortlessly chic individuality. We aim at bridging the gap between tradition and progress, Mola Sasa 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.
“For me Colombia is color and music; it vibrates with its cultural mix and rich ethnic variety. This has certainly been a great influence for Mola Sasa and I can see it translated in many ways in our designs. We mix various techniques that speak of a country full of color and diversity; in that way are able to share a piece of us with the world.”
Responsability is at the core of everything we do. Abiding by the high standards of traditional craft, Mola Sasa works hand-in-hand with Colombian artisans and breathes new life into their techniques and native natural resources.
Kuna Textiles : Kuna indigenous communities of Caiman Alto, Colombia & Panama
Chimichagua: Afro communities of the coastal region of Cesar, Colombia
Maguey or Fique: Kankuamo indigenous communities of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia
Caña Flecha: Zenú indigenous communities and Afro communities of Tuchín, Colombia
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 Colombia and Panamá 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.
This technique originates in its eponymous municipality in the coastal Region of Cesar (Colombia). It was traditionally used by indigenous communities to make sleeping mats from the “Estera” palm. Today it has been adopted by Afro Communities and has evolved into natural rugs and placemats, most of them featuring geometric designs in various color combinations. This craft constituted a prosperous home industry, but today is being threatened by agriculture, cattle raising and expanding urban frontiers.
maguey or fique
For years the rivers and mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santamarta 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” is a fundamental element of Kankuamo tradition. The fibers are woven to give body, among other things, to the traditional backpacks or “mochilas”. The women explore various natural dyes to color their crafts and then spin the fibers using a “carrumba” or wooden spinner.
An idiosyncratic craft typical of the coffee plantation region of San Andrés de Sotavento in the department of Córdoba and Sucre (Colombia) a region traditionally inhabited by the Zenu indians. It takes its name “Caña Flecha” 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.
Made in Colombia
At Mola Sasa we honor and empower local artisans through ACTION. We have created sustainable employment for more than 80 families and continue to expand our mission and ensure a lasting social change for their communities.
In our short span, we have become strategic allies with our artisan partners. We bring to light not only their exceptional skills, but also their own personal stories, which we highlight with every collection. Additionally, we provide on the job training and opportunities for further growth.