ABOUT THE PROJECT
From Oaxaca, Mexico to Vientiane, Laos artisan weavers/activists are fighting for ways to protect their ancient designs from plagiarism, while international designers face a new frontier of sustainable fashion.
SYNOPSIS / DESCRIPTION
Who owns culture? Who owns designs? What does it mean to be "inspired by" and "creative" in the fashion industry? The appropriation of textile designs by international fashion designers from weavers, mostly women, living in traditional indigenous communities around the globe is a human rights issue in terms of social and economic inequality. The cultural plagiarism of designs, stolen and mass produced in places like China and India, robs them, not only of their livelihoods, but also their identity as a living culture, which is finally being swept up in the furious pace of an all consuming globalized market place. Sustainable fashion is the new frontier in a 32 billion dollar industry, for creating a better life for artisans of culture around the world.
GENRE Feature Documentary
DIRECTOR Melissa Eidson
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