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Indigenous designers challenge plagiarism on runway

STORY: Indigenous designers are taking a stand

against plagiarism at this fashion event

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

The week-long fashion expo is

dedicated to traditional textiles

under the slogan: 'No bargaining, no

plagiarism, no cultural appropriation'

(Hilan Cruz, Designer)

“We try to raise awareness so that people understand that our pieces are complex and have a powerful cultural meaning.”

Brands like Ralph Lauren or Shein

have faced accusations in recent months

of plagiarizing indigenous Mexican designs

All the while local artisans struggle with

financial troubles, competing with big brands

(Hilan Cruz, Designer)

"We need to value ourselves more, educate ourselves, and understand that all these things we do represent all our people and us."