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Interview with the Top Fashion Designer of Pitahaya Swimsuits

 

The Olo-Tule (Kuna) indigenous community finds cultural expression through molas. Molas’ origins are traced back to traditional tattoos, which were later rendered on fabric- the idea of Goddess Kabayai.

Molas represent a graphical vision of the world: colorful, eye-catching geometrical figures; mythological scenes; flora and fauna.

Designer Chechy Benedetti presents this indigenous culture by creating a bathing suit line that features the mola appliqué. The people of the municipality of Necocli unite behind Pitahaya Swimsuits’ initiative to create an aboriginal collection specific to the Olo-Tule (Kuna) community. Throughout the years these indigenous women have perfected the detailed, handcrafted, authentic art form known as the traditional mola. The mola is a representative craft of our country, and one that PITAHAYA SWIMSUITS founder/designer Chechy Benedetti has chosen to portray over lycra pieces in her bathing suit designs. Benedetti, with the support of the Governor of Antioquia, has achieved an exclusive alliance with the artisan women of the Kuna community. The group is led by Jovita and includes eleven women working to produce an average of 220 mola appliqués per week. The designer is honored to work hand in hand with these native people, so talented and active in their traditions. A big thank you to the Caiman Indigenous Reserve, the Kuna community of Necocli.

 

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