The following is a conversation between myself and a friend discussing an article cited below. It deals with the culture behind clothing, and whether it is wrong for Western women to wear the sari, a dress native to India.
Which blogger (if either) do you agree with, and why?
You put all of those things together and no wonder they aren't feeling the need to wear it. It may remind them of the violation. Can anyone sit here and say yeah I am wearing that particular garment to join the struggle? Or are you a hipster that REALLY wants to strike up a conversation about what they're wearing. When it becomes a trend it loses all value. Sort of like tees and jeans. But does anyone want their culture to become a trend? Look up Slim Jesus... please, this guy is ridiculous. This is what happens when your culture becomes appropriated and broken down to be consumed by the masses. Eventually no one will remember why women wore it in the first place. They will only know that the DKNY red and blue version is half-off, the day after Thanksgiving.
Even if as outsiders we don't get it - and in some cases, even those within the culture who don't remember the original reasons why their people do/use certain things - there are very specific reasons why people wear what they wear, sari as an example. So if you remove the reason for wearing it, why should someone be pressured or criticized for not continuing to wear it? Is it an automatic knock on tradition when this happens, or should we consider the context, on a case-by-case basis?