Benefit Sale for Saint Luke Academy Scholarship Fund
In keeping with its commitment to support and display traditional ethnic arts, Saint Luke has on permanent display throughout the building textile works by Kuna women of the San Blas Islands in Panama. These unusual reverse applique works were originally sections of native costume, elaborately pieced and embroidered. They depict native tales, flora and fauna, and Christian stories.
Several exhibits of these striking pieces have generated sales that benefit the islands' educational fund and workshops have introduced both adults and children to the techniques that create these unique textiles.
Individuals interested in supporting ethnic artists may purchase molas on this website to benefit two very important groups of people. First, the initial purchase of these fairly traded textiles by Dennis Grabowski, a long-time supporter of Kuna missions, benefits those indiginous artists who continue their traditional craft.
Additionally, the sale of the textiles on this website benefits the Saint Luke Academy Scholarship Fund. Saint Luke Academy, a Lutheran school for students in grades Pre-School through Grade 8, turns away no student who desires a quality Christian education but does not have the resources for tuition. 50% of each purchase will go to the Scholarship Fund to help make Christian education accessible to all, regardless of their means.
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A link at the bottom of each image-page will connect you to Dennis Grabowski via email for information about the molas or to order molas.
You may also contact him by US mail at
Saint Luke Academy
1500 W. Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657