This is an example of basic applique the younger ladies do as they work on perfecting their art. One doesn't start by working on the more difficult Molas. These smaller applique pieces are made by the hundreds and are stitched as small 6 1/2 inch square purse/pouches that are finished with black nylon lining and matching small black zipper at the top and a black hanging strap to go over the head. The eye appears to be done in reverse applique, while the remainder is done in basic applique.
This close-up details the basic, decorative embroidery stitches.
Note: the applique is done all in black thread with very small stitches.
In addition to these pouches, the beginning applique ladies also make 3 1/2 inch square lined coin purses, complete with zipper. The subject of the coin purses and pouches are some of the 400 local, colorful bird species which populate the islands.
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