ABOUT THE PROJECT
Weaving Culture film is a feature length documentary about women weavers from remote villages around the world and the appropriation of their ancient textile designs by the fashion industry.
SYNOPSIS / DESCRIPTION
Who owns culture? What is the right way to do business with historically vulnerable groups, who have always been exploited since colonial times, even more so now that fast fashion has resulted in unfair and dangerous working conditions. Cultural appropriation - otherwise known as plagiarizing—is what luxury brand designers are cashing in on, becoming “inspired” by traditional textile designs of women weavers living in remote villages around the globe, many times using them without permission, credit or payment given to the origin.
According to the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, the Artisan’s sector is the second largest employer in the developing world; and while some designers work as social entrepreneurs, bridging the divide for artisans living in remote villages to gain access to a $32 billion industry; other designers, mostly high end, are stealing designs, having them mass produced in China, without giving any credit or compensation, to the original creators of the designs.
Our story occurs within the clash of two worlds, where the fast-paced business of fashion in international cities like New York meets life in remote communities of weavers from villages around the globe, from southern Mexico to Vientiane, Laos. Within this context, issues of cultural appropriation, globalization, and the commodifying of culture are explored. The relationship between weavers and designers is examined, as new ways of doing business are being created by community liaisons and local designers that are mutually beneficial, ultimately satisfying one of the four pillars of long term sustainable development; environment, social, economic, and culture.
GENRE Feature Documentary
DIRECTOR Melissa Eidson
PRODUCER Melissa Eidson
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