I will be presenting at the Textile Society of America Symposium in LA, where we will discuss the future of textiles in the world, in art, culture, sustainable practice, among many other subjects.
The theme of the Symposium, New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future, explores change and innovation in textiles in the past while looking at the state of the field of textiles, textile study, production and creativity, today and for the future. Where have we been and where are we going?
My presentation is about “CULTURAL MISAPPROPRIATION in the era of digital textile printing”, where I will address the lack of cultural sensitivity and aloofness displayed by fashion designers when it comes to addressing their sources of inspiration and the technologies that enable this. My agenda is to discuss the development of regulations in the textile and fashion industry when it comes to digitizing ethnic textiles.
According to my friend my friend Marta Turok, a famous mexican anthropologist who has written several books on the topic of endangered textiles and craft techniques in Mexico, we will loose 75% of the artisans globally, within this generation.
We need to reconsider the role of the custodians of the craft by supporting their craft skills through fair trade practices.
NEW DIRECTIONS: Examining the past, exploring the future