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Isabel Marant is accused of plagiarizing Purépecha textiles

October 30, 2020

This is the second time the French designer has been accused of plagiarizing Mexican textile designs.

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Isabel Marant is accused of plagiarizing Purépecha textiles
Isabel Marant is accused of plagiarizing Purépecha textiles

This story originally appeared on Unknown Mexico

  • “Designers take such artistic expressions, use them out of context for profit and without being aware of the importance they have for the population. “

Senators Susana Harp and Casimiro Méndez They accused the French designer Isabel Marant of plagiarizing the craftsmen’s Purépecha designs Charapan, Angahuan and Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan. The textiles were replicated to make coats, belts, and other items.

“The cultural appropriation It consists of the patrimonial use of a traditional cultural expression by corporations without a permit or mentioning its origin or providing compensation for its use. In this case, designer Isabel Marant is launching a full line of garments that literally copy samples of Purépecha designs by artisans from Charapan, Angahuan and Santa Clara del Cobre from Michoacán. “

Mendez said

According to the senator, designers take such artistic expressions, use them out of context for profit and without being aware of the importance they have for the population. For this reason, the senator denounced the act as cultural appropriation and reiterated his disagreement.

Part of the Isabel Marant collection. Image about unknown Mexico.

Isabel Marant: second plagiarism of Mexican designs

For his part, the Mayor of Charapan, Josué Emmanuel Balboa Álvarez, also opposed Isabel Marant’s plagiarism, adding that artisans would be “thrown onto the streets” due to lack of sales due to this type of plagiarism. The mayor also called for the cultural heritage of the indigenous peoples and their people to be respected.

“This person (Marant) is damaging our tradition. They kill our craftsmen, they cut up our skin, because this craft is our identity. “

Balboa Álvarez denounced

Finally, Senator Susana Harp mentioned that This is not the first time Isabel Marant has plagiarized indigenous communities, since 2015 the designer has recreated the designs of blouses from Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca.

“In 2015 she decided to duplicate the blouses identically. The type of sleeve, the neck opening and the colors were identical. Now he decided on colors, elements that appear again and again in many of our crafts. It is the second time that this designer – referred to as such – has undertaken cultural appropriation or plagiarism, so she can’t say she didn’t know [lo que hacía]Harp explained.