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Protecting Mexico's indigenous textile designs from cultural appropriation

Indigenous textile designs from Mexico are popular with the international fashion industry, but the weavers are often not compensated for their work. Weavers in Oaxaca want a stop to cultural appropriation by Zara and Co and to protect their traditions.

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In Oaxaca, in southwestern Mexico, the colorful designs of indigenous Mixtec are not just popular among local buyers and tourists, they've also caught the attention of international fashion companies like Zara and others. Ethnic patterns are in, and many are using indigenous designs to sell their clothes.The Mexican government has protested against cultural appropriation that does not compensate the indigenous designers.