During a 12 months stay as exchange student in Panama City in 1996 I first got in contact with the Kuna and their culture. At that time my mother Renate was a patchwork-addict and she already knew the Mola technique or reverse applique, and we started to collect the most beautiful Molas of the Kuna indios.
It has always been important to us to buy the Molas directly in the communities from the women who made them, to support them directly and to learn more about the symbolism of the Molas. Over the years we made several friends in Panama City and on the islands of Mamardup, Nusadup and Ustupu.
Contrary to many professional Mola dealers we do not buy Molas "by the bulk", but we select the most beautiful works personally on our various trips to the different communities. We do not buy Molas which are made for the tourist market but only traditional Molas which have been made for the personal use of the Kuna women.