Social media erupts as Louis Vuitton sells Palestine inspired keffiyeh for INR 51,000
The Israel-Palestine crisis has garnered a lot of attention in the past few days, and now French fashion house, Louis Vuitton Malletier has got embroiled in a controversy and is being accused of “profiting off oppressed people” by selling a Palestinian keffiyeh for a whopping USD 705 or INR 51,406.
Social media users are criticizing the French fashion label for for selling monogram keffiyeh, a traditional Palestinian stole.
The stole in question features a jacquard weave technique used to create monogram patterns on its base of blended cotton, wool and silk.
People across the globe are accusing the brand of cultural appropriation for selling a garment inspired by the keffiyeh, which is often said to be a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.
Keffiyeh came into prominence during the 1936 Arab Revolt, when Palestinian rebels flaunted keffiyeh to hide their identity to avoid arrest. Later, the British mandate authorities banned it and thereafter, all Palestinians started wearing it to make it harder to identify rebels.
Indian Instagram fashion watchdog, Diet Prada called out the brand in its recent post and wrote, “So LVMH’s stance on politics is ‘neutral’, but they’re still making a $705 logo-emblazoned keffiyeh, which is a traditional Arab headdress that’s become a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.”
Here’s what some Twitter users wrote to slam the French fashion house: