International clothing brands are accused of plagiarizing Mexican indigenous embroidery designs

On 26 February 2018, approximately eight clothing brands were accused of having plagiarized designs of indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Chiapas and Hidalgo (Mexico).

These brands (within which the Spanish Zara or the American Madewell are involved) never gave credit to communities or artisan workers. Communities do not have intellectual property protection, but seek to appeal through international cultural heritage treaties, in which brands would have to make public recognition of the origin community.