[ View the story "When traditions become trends" on Storify] When traditions become trends Where is the line between inspiration and appropriation?
The Stream· Tue, Apr 02 2013 09:43:18
Hey, @UrbanOutfitters - your "90s Vintage Linen Dress" design is actually traditional, cultural Ethiopian/Eritrean wear. #MyCultureNOToutfitZewdy Awalom
We can no longer passively allow the West to steal from Africa right before our eyes #notthistime @UrbanOutfitters #MYCultureNOToutfitEdenina
This was not the first time Urban Outfitters has been accused of cultural
@UrbanOutfitters already had lawsuit from the Navajo. now #MyCultureNotOutfit tweets bc they've appropriated Ethiopian/Eritrean designs too.Rana Nazzal H
Wow @UrbanOutfitters is the fashion icon of racist. You stole frm Native American cultures & now ur stealing from #Ethiopia & #Eritrea too.Lolla Dreamer M. Nur
Almost two weeks after starting the
, Nur uploaded this video about the complaint she filed with Urban Outfitters.
#MYcultureNOToutfit Updates + Call to Action against Urban Outfitterslmnmuslimah
Hey Twitter Activists, why arent you calling people out for wearing green when they aren't Irish? Isn't that rampant cultural appropriation?Frank Niemiec
wonder how many people there are who'll argue against the concept of intellectual property but then accuse people of cultural appropriationnydwracu
Some Twitter users pointed out that power is central in discussions about cultural appropriation.
Don't know what we'd do without ANY cultural exchange. But the problem w/ appropriation isn't the exchange, it's (surprise) power dynamics!Quirk
Cultural appropriation: it's not up to the oppressor to decide what should or should not offend those who are oppressed. Shut the hell up!Lindsay Monture
An expert member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
questioned the ethics
behind profiting from historically marginalised cultures.
In a response, the designers for Rodarte stressed that they gave credit to the aboriginal artists who inspired the clothes.
“We deeply respect and admire the work of other artists. Through the appropriate channels, we licensed the Aboriginal artwork that influenced prints in our collection. As a result, the artists will share in proceeds of the pieces inspired by their work.”news.aboriginalartdirectory.com
So rarely are we Sikhs represented positively (if at all) in popular culture in the United States (or in India) that even non-Sikh models wearing paghs on the runway seems like a milestone.thelangarhall.com
Peoplewho accuse some Western designers of appropriation say it cheapens orreduces their heritage to a trend oraccessory.
In the case of so-called "tribal" prints, African designers have
whether mainstream fashion houses should use African cultures as the basis of some clothing lines.
Tribal Trend For Spring 2012!popsugartvfab
Korto Momolu does notagree with the selective attention she sees African clothing garnering from Western brands. In contrast, Momolu consistently featuresAfrican influences in her clothing.
Korto Momolu Spring 2012 - KORTOMOMOLU.COMbaseofficialmotion
The Stream asked its online community to share their thoughts on cultural appropriation.
@AJStream when companies like that mass produce "cultural designs" its for consumption & profit not for appreciation of diversity.ModernHerstory
@AJStream @UrbanOutfitters should at least say their cloth was inspired by #Ethiopian culture & give credit to poor 'shemanes' in Ethiopia.Abel Bel
@AJStream it is stealing our culture and making profit with out giving a credit for our historyHiwot Mammo
@AJStream There's appreciating another culture & being inspired. Then there's treating it like a fad. #CulturalAppropriationSakuraPassion
Culture is meant to be appropriated. No one owns it.Tom Angell