Two wrongs don't make a right?
Her post on the Neon Indian show does a great job of explaining the dangers of appropriating cultural dress as costume without any sort of understanding of the cultural references in play, namely perpetuation of unhealthy cultural stereotypes.
For example, the last time I checked, Latvia and Scotland aren't involved in ongoing, daily battles to protect their sovereign rights as nations and the individual rights of their citizens like the 565+ tribes here in the US are.
The company’s actions violate the Federal Indian Arts and Crafts act of 1990 and the Federal Trade Commission Act. According to the Department of the Interior:
“The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-644) is a truth-in-advertising law that prohibits misrepresentation in marketing of Indian arts and crafts products within the United States. It is illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian Tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization, resident within the United States. If a business violates the Act, it can face civil penalties or can be prosecuted and fined up to $1,000,000”.
The word "hipster" seems to be doing a lot of work in that Pembleton blog post. What's the difference between an appropriating hipster and an ordinary person wearing clothes? Is it ok to like the clothes if you're not Native but also not a hipster?
The products were specifically branded as "Hipster" items, i.e. "Navajo Hipster Panty"
You could try going to indianz.com and asking some native people what they think if the one native voice already mentioned hasn't given you a clear perspective.
The better question is not "So how close can I get to a native theme without being seen as offensive" but rather "What could be done to repair this damage?" And worry about the dress later.
Are you really asking? It seems like you're just coming up with random stuff that you feel defensive about or that we couldn't possibly object to. Maybe you should do some research about Turkish scarfs or Indian culinary appropriation on your own because I'm not willing to play this game where I have to condemn or absolve you of guilt over every single thing in your house/closet.
Perhaps instead of demanding an a priori list,
The answer is possibly to look into how to behave ethically toward other cultures by being aware of their causes and listening to their voices instead of only using their culture for the aesthetic?
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