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CULTURAL MISAPPROPRIATION IN FASHION

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
http://www.textilesociety.org

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ETHICAL FASHION CRITERIA by Carmen Artigas

After some years teaching ethical fashion in NY, I decided to create my own definition of ethical fashion in hopes of creating a universal language.

ETHICAL FASHION CRITERIA

1. Design quality products that last, understanding their footprint and lifecycle

2. Source textiles and materials with positive social and environmental value chain

3. Establish transparent sourcing and manufacturing practices

4. Ensure fair living wages, safe working conditions and support workers’ rights

5. Avoid toxic pesticides and chemical use, by preferring certified materials

6. Apply resource efficiency and clean energy alternatives: water, electricity, fuel

7. Avoid waste at all costs and maximize material usage

8. Promote responsible marketing and minimize packaging

9. Protect animal rights

10. Apply restorative and preventive measures that counter damaging patterns of consumption

 

Recommended:

• Increase Awareness: Train managers and employees by launching initiatives

• Go Local: sourcing and manufacturing is a great option to lower your footprint

• Recycle: Set up recovery systems for your product by connecting to recycling initiatives such as I:CO

• Communicate your environmental and social commitment to your stakeholders

 

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