LAWYERS FOR ARTISANS
The aim of this series of independent field studies is to understand the current status of artisans and pencil their position as right-holders.
What is the current status of the custodians and transmitters of traditional textile knowledge?
What are their challenges and dreams?
What is their relationship with their craft?
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Traditional textiles write a story of the world. And textile artisans are tireless narrators of this story.
Since its launch on April 26th 2018 the Cultural Intellectual Property Rights Initiative acts as mediator between the interests of formalized fashion businesses and those of artisans and traditional creative communities: we organized the first Cultural Sustainability in Fashion Workshop in a textile education institution, at the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås, Sweden , we are consulting with fashion businesses on how to integrate artisan collaborations in their supply chains and we are freely consulting our members on how to protect and promote the cultural IP rights of the artisans they work with and develop benefit sharing business models.
Whilst the needs and struggles of fashion businesses today are clearly expressed and understood, professional reports on the state of fashion at large appear annually and the industry strives to be a leader in innovation and sustainability, we cannot say the same about the state of the artisans.
Not only is there not enough transparency in understanding their activity, struggles and concerns, but often times the work of artisans is plagiarized by the fashion industry and their creative work is not rightfully valued.