Cultural Appropriation

Resently I oppened a Mexican Store in Slovenija and for my disappointment I found myself struggling with different problems. I'll talk about now about one of them, the Cultural Appropriation.

Like many of you know, Mexico is famous for many things like the food, the warm of people, the beach, etc. But many people also think that Mexico is only Cactus and desert and narcos (thanks Hollywood for showing only that), Mexico is a country full of culture, we have reported so far 68 ethnic groups according with the Secretaria of Cultura of Mexico:

  1. Kiliwa

  2. Paipai

  3. Kumiai

  4. Cochimí

  5. Cucapá

  6. Jacalteco

  7. Mame

  8. Tojolabal

  9. Cakchiquel

  10. Motozintleco

  11. Lacandón

  12. Tzeltal

  13. Zoque

  14. Tsotsil

  15. Chol

  16. Chuj

  17. Chichimeca Jonaz

  18. Mazahua

  19. Ocuitleco

  20. Matlatzinca

  21. Mazateco

  22. Zapoteco

  23. Triqui

  24. Huave

  25. Chatino

  26. Zapoteco Vallista

  27. Zapoteco de Ixtlan

  28. Chontal de Oaxaca

  29. Zapoteco sureño

  30. Ixcateco

  31. Chocho

  32. Mixe

  33. Tacuate

  34. Cuicateco

  35. Chinanteco

  36. Mixteco de la Costa

  37. Mixteco Zona Mazateca

  38. Totonaca

  39. Popoluca

  40. Ixil

  41. Kanjobal

  42. Quiché

  43. Kekchi

  44. Tarahumara

  45. Tepehuan del norte

  46. Pima

  47. Amuzgo

  48. Tlapaneco

  49. Mixteco Mixteca Alta

  50. Mixteco

  51. Purépecha

  52. Mixteco Mixteca Baja

  53. Popoloca

  54. Guarijío

  55. Yaqui

  56. Seri

  57. Mayo

  58. Pápago

  59. Maya

  60. Kikapu

  61. Tepehuan del sur

  62. Náhuatl

  63. Otomí

  64. Cora

  65. Huichol

  66. Huasteco

  67. Pame

  68. Chontal de Tabasco

From this ones the most famous are the Mayans, Otomi, Huicholes and Nahualt, unfortunately their recent famous is not for what they represent, it is more for the Suffers they have been due to the fashion industry.

Many times, people go to this famous design stores and they found extremely beautiful clothes with embroidery designs and they think, ohhhh I love this shirt!, or dress or whatever the item is and turns out that this beautiful piece is a plagiarism from a Ethnic group, the problem here is this THEY DON'T GIVE THE CREDIT TO THE AUTORS, they don't say were did they copy this design and worse they try to take them looks as theirs and their descriptions says "Multicolored bag, multicolored shirt, "colorful embroidered animal print" etc., do you see where am I going?

"cultural appropriation is the adoption of some specific elements of one culture by a different cultural group. It describes acculturation or assimilation, but can imply a negative view towards acculturation from a minority culture by a dominant culture. It can include the introduction of forms of dress or personal adornment, music and art, religion, language, or social behavior. These elements, once removed from their indigenous cultural contexts, can take on meanings that are significantly divergent from, or merely less nuanced than, those they originally held."

I'm facing this problem and I'm seriously angry, because people lost completely the respect of what a handmade real ethnic design represent. Even worse because this copies are made in mass production in other countries at really low prices (but sells them real high), people want to have this pieces almost for free and don't value the job and meaning of the garment that they have in their hands.

Tell me have you seen this situation in your country? What do you think about it.

Please comment below.