Dear American Clothing Lines,Stop Stealing From Pakistani Culture

Dear American Clothing Lines, Stop Stealing From Pakistani Culture

Well, it’s happened again.

Just like Peshawari Chappal scandal from a few years ago, another famous foreign franchise has used traditional Pakistani clothing as inspiration launch their own fashion line.

source: brandsynario.pk

source: brandsynario.pk

Well, they call it inspiration. To be more accurate, it’s cultural appropriation. What comes to mind when you hear the word Ajrak? Something along the lines of this, I’m guessing:

wikimedia.org

source: wikimedia.org

Or perhaps this?

source: www.indus-crafts.com

source: www.indus-crafts.com

Well, inspiration struck Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters in quite a different way. This is what they came up with by stealing from our culture:

source: Twitter

source: Twitter

Outrageous? Not nearly as much as these:

lolface

source: thefeministani.wordpress.com

source: thefeministani.wordpress.com

 From being given to women who deserved honor and respect to being worn as swimsuits and summer dresses by supermodels. I guess it’s only cultural appropriation when someone that’s not American does it, right?

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