After controversy aroused controversy over Louis Vuitton’s monogrammed keffiyeh, some fashion retailers also raised eyebrows for selling “Palestinian” clothing.
Retailers Nordstrom, Kirna Zabete and Forward are now selling a peasant-style embroidered cotton top “Anna” labeled “Palestinian,” created by New York-based Israeli designer Nili Lotan. “Light blue embroidery pays homage to Nili Lotan’s Middle Eastern roots on this peasant-style top in lightweight woven cotton. Its long sleeves are flared and the neckline is gathered for more fluidity and volume ”, we read in the description. The summit costs Rs 31,200 on Lotan’s website.
In an Instagram post, fashion watchdog Diet Prada mentioned that the “Anna” top on Lotan’s website describes the garment as a “gorgeous and airy top” that “radiates femininity” but “doesn’t. has no mention of Palestinian origin, although other items like the “Abby Romanian Embroidered Top” seem to indicate the garment’s inspiration.
The embroidery on Lotan’s top also resembles the cross stitch patterns on the traditional Palestinian thobe, a hand-embroidered ankle-length garment worn by Palestinian women since the 11th century.
In fact, the embroidery has become a symbol of protest against the Israeli occupation, said Diet Prada. “During the first Intifada in the late 1980s, the thobe took on new meaning as embroidery became a tool of protest against the Israeli occupation, which prohibited the display of Palestinian colors in public, among other oppressive actions . Women in the West Bank started making “Intifada dresses,” incorporating political imagery, and the thobe eventually became a unifying symbol of resistance and cultural identity, “the official Instagram handle said.
Here is how internet users reacted:
– Aysha (@ayshaazmat) June 6, 2021
This is called cultural appropriation! @Nordstrom terrible failure on your part and you really dare to call them Palestinian when you don’t even recognize their right to exist #Nordstrom #cultural appropriation #ApartheidIsrael # Apart #SaveSheikhJarrah #SaveSilwan #Free Palestine pic.twitter.com/JXRjP9ahtp
– Sian Abu Sharar (@UmTara_Talal) June 8, 2021
– Rachel #freepalestine (@ zeldur1) June 8, 2021