Ivanka Trump, in her recent visit to India, has been accused of cultural appropriation after she wore clothes with Indian patterns created by western designers.
At the Global Entrepre-neurship Summit, in the southern city of Hyderabad, the US President's daughter wore a £2,600 dress covered with oriental-style flowers by British label Erdem, along with two outfits by American designer Tory Burch, Independent reports.
The patterns on the apparel were similar to those used in Indian embroidery, prompting criticism by some members of India's media. A scathing article on the Daily O, an opinion website owned by the India Today Group, accused Ivanka Trump, who serves as an unpaid adviser to her father, of "superficial assimilation of culture"
A senior editor of Vogue India was similarly critical of Ivanka's dressing, arguing that the former businesswoman and fashion designer should have worn clothes made by designers in the country.
"If Ivanka's clothes are to be an acknowledgement of an ancient and rich culture like ours, especially as she arrives as a dignitary, then the sartorial 'tribute' should be authentic in its intention," Bandana Tewari told The New York Times. "We would rather see her wear a hand-woven sari made in our country or a handmade gown made in her own country.
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