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Commentary & Critique – Cultural Appropriation

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Cultural appropriation for design inspiration is the norm in the fashion industry. As young designers learning the system, we are taught to mine inspiration wherever we find it, to mix ancient cultural symbols with recent fashion trends, fine art and architecture without consideration to anything but the creative process.
Commentary & Critique – Cultural Appropriation
Light Years IP  and the Maasai IP Initiative Trust Ltd get their way, they will ensure it doesn’t continue without some recompense to the communities that inspire profits for others.



No people have been exploited more extensively for inspiration than the tribal people of Kenya; the Maasai. More than a thousand companies sell a wide range of products from clothes to cars that use the name Maasai, or utilize cultural symbols of the tribe; none of who ever thought to ask permission. Some brands have e ... Read more here

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