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Wednesday, January 13, 2010.
Tom had heard that there was a handicraft store at Isla de Tigre and this became our new destination. We were obviously travelling westward as was evident in the larger, more built up towns and villages. Isla de Tigre even had an airstrip at the northern end. The streets were quite broad and it was easier to find one's way around the village. Unfortunately, there was no craft shop and no kuna bread! We did talk with many of the villagers and the clotheslines of molas popped up all over. I purchased a bag with a geometric design on the front. It is not nearly as impressive in the workmanship as the traditional molas since it has been machine sewn. Most of the molas for sale are the "new molas", aka applique work. They are mush easier and faster to produce than the traditional. However, they do make use of more colours than the traditional burgundy, black, yellow and orange.
There was more evidence of modernization in the number of electrical lines overhead and the presence of televisions. One house had erected an antenna which looked suspiciously like an old umbrella frame! No attempt had been made here to keep modern technology discreet by building a hut around them.
Touring Isla de Tigre
Emily decided to have kuna bracelets made on her wrists.
An interesting stopover. Tomorrow we are going into the region of the uninhabited (or sparsely populated, i.e. one or two families) islands.