Fashion designer Zyanya Keizer fights cultural appropriation and embraces Mexican craftsmanship through collaboration

One of the main goals of Zyanya Keizer’s new project ‘Binhe’ is to tackle a common problem in the fashion industry: cultural appropriation. This often happens in Mexico, because of the great amount of craftsmanship in the country.

Keizer, born in Mexico City, puts a contemporary spin on traditional Mexican customs and materials with her new collection, without being guilty of cultural appropriation. “The aim is to develop a suitable design methodology in collaboration with craftsmen, who add enormous value to the design process,” reads the catalog of the collection. “It’s about sharing the wealth of knowledge and culture by working together, giving recognition and offering compensation.”

Project ‘Binhe’ started mid-2019. Contact was made with local organizations and craftsmen. The collection includes Tenango embroidery, palm and ‘hamack’ textiles, ‘barro negro’ (black clay) and cow horns.

FashionUnited attended the ‘living exhibition’ in Amsterdam and viewed the colorful creations while enjoying a Mezcal cocktail. Take a look below:

Image Via: Zyanya Emperor
Image Via: Zyanya Emperor
Image Via: Zyanya Emperor
Image Via: Zyanya Emperor
Image Via: Zyanya Emperor

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