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Re: paper molas: October 30, 2000


Date: Tue Oct 31 2000 - 17:22:32 PST

Re:paper molas--Molas are fabric designs attributed to the Cuna Indians off
Panama. A dominate shape and other smaller related shapes are cut from a
piece of cloth [negative shape] and then backed with other colored pieces of
cloth. Pieces are cut from these and are filled with other colors. Paper
molas are made with colored paper. My fifth graders made them this fall. I
teach them how to use the exacto knife, with the warning that I am very strict
about careful use. They must remove them properly from the tubes and return
them points down. I watch them carefully while they are using them, making
sure the hand holding the paper is above the blade. I caution them that if
they should cut themself, I take the knife away. It makes them pay strict
attention to the job. I've only had 1 child out of hundreds knick herself,
and she readily relinquished the knife. This is a great site that I used this
year with the 5th grades. Ceil Lyden