Mexico asks US company to stop copying indigenous design

Mexico asks US company to stop copying indigenous design

The National Institute of Indigenous Peoples of Mexico called on the American retail company Anthropologie to stop copying a design from the indigenous Mixe community

The National Institute of Indigenous Peoples of Mexico on Wednesday called on US retail company Anthropologie to stop copying a design from the indigenous Mixe community.

INPI said in a statement that the “Marka embroidered shorts” copy the design of a Mixe embroidery from the poor town of Tlahuitoltepec, located in the mountains east of the capital of the state of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico.

The shorts have a graphic pattern of blue flowers that according to the inhabitants of the community copies the design of a traditional blouse. INPI pointed out that the mixes did not authorize the use of their design, and asked Anthropologie to stop selling those garments.

Anthropologie’s parent Urban Outfitters Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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