Mexican designs or designs on Mexico?

Mexico has accused global fashion brands Zara, Anthropologie and Patowl of cultural appropriation, reports Reuters. The country feels that the brands used patterns from indigenous Mexican groups in their designs, without any acknowledgment or any benefit reaching the communities.

Mexico’s ministry of culture has said that it has sent letters signed by Mexican culture minister Alejandra Frausto to all the three companies, asking each of them for a “public explanation on what basis it could privatise collective property”.

The ministry said Zara, owned by Inditex, has used a pattern distinctive to the indigenous Mixteca community of San Juan Colorado in the southern state of Oaxaca. Inditex is the world’s largest clothing retailer.

In a statement sent to Reuters, Inditex has said: “The design in question was in no way intentionally borrowed from or influenced by the artistry of the Mixtec people of Mexico.”

The culture ministry feels that Anthropologie, owned by URBN, used a pattern of the indigenous Mixe community of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, and Patowl copied a pattern from the indigenous Zapoteco community in San Antonino Castillo Velasco, both in the state of Oaxaca. The report adds that the last two companies mentioned were yet to issue responses.

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