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Mexico accuses Carolina Herrera of cultural appropriation

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Pic: Carolina Herrera
Pic: Carolina Herrera
Mexico has accused fashion house Carolina Herrera of ‘cultural appropriation’ of its indigenous patterns and textiles in its latest collection. The brand founded by Venezuela-born designer Carolina Herrera used designs with meanings that were personal or specific to some families and communities, the Mexican culture ministry said in a letter dated June 10.

The letter was addressed to Herrera, former creative director of the New York-based fashion house, and present creative director Wes Gordon.

The ministry asked Herrera to publicly explain on what basis the company decided to make use of these cultural elements, whose origins are documented, and how this benefits the Mexican communities, according to a global newswire.

Two of the six garments from the Resort 2020 Collection feature a traditional flower embroidery known as ‘istmo de Tehuantepec’ and another two use a colourful ‘Saltillo Sarape’ stripe pattern, the ministry observed.

The ruling party, the leftist National Regeneration Movement, has been planning legislation to protect indigenous communities from plagiarism and having their work used by others without receiving fair compensation. (DS)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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