Before the Spanish invasion of San Blas, the fabric of the Mola was actually drawn into the skin of the women as tattoos. But when the invaders insisted the Kuna wear clothing instead, they began transferring the former tattoo patterns onto clothing. From generation to generation since, every Kuna woman, pushed westward during the Spanish invasion now occupying 41 villages in San Blas, learns how to sew Molas from a young age. The Mola is a cloth consisting of two paned cloths that Kuna women wear. Every Kuna woman knows how to sew a Mola. Every seam, color, and cut, holds significance. Red: menstruation blood. Green: flora and fauna. Black: protection from diseases. Blue: the ocean. Take the scissors, for example, which represent the day that a girl gets her first period, her mother cuts off her hair — a day of celebration as she steps into womanhood and begins wearing the Mola.