Mask of Vaikuntha Vishnu, late 5th century. Learn more about 5th century masks
Meaning “shirt” or “clothing,” it is a traditional textile made in reverse-applique technique by women of the Guna community of Panama, Central America. A hand-sewn panel, which is made into a pair of blouses, comprises multiple layers of colourful cloth that are cut and stitched together to display colourful designs. These designs can be geometric and abstract or may depict both traditional and modern motifs.