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Mexico Accuses Zara of Using Indigenous Textile Element

Jun 01, 2021
Mexico Accuses Zara of Using Indigenous Textile Element

City, Mexico

The ministry has sent letters to the three major labels to make it clear in public on what grounds the collective property of the southern state of Oaxaca’s indigenous people had been privatised. The clothing brands were further asked to indicate how they were intending to compensate the affected communities.

Minister Alejandra Frausto blasted the brands, telling them not to undermine the economy and identity of the cultures and asked for changes to put indigenous designers from 56 ethnic groups in Mexico on an equal level with the major labels.

Frausto added that the protection of the rights of the indigenous groups is an ethical principle that has been invisible historically and had to be addressed locally and globally. She signed separate missives to each brand pinpointing particular products at fault.

The ministry said that a midi dress from the Spanish firm Zara came with a belt that incorporated Mixtec cultural elements from the Oaxaca municipality in San Juan.

American brands Palowl and Anthropologie were accused of making faithful copies of the Zapotec people’s traditional garments and elements of the Mixe people respectively in their new range of apparel.

In the past, the country has called out French designer Isabel Marant, Spanish companies Mango and Rapsodia, and designer Carolina Herrera for appropriating indigenous Mexican designs.

Source - Firstpost

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