Anthropologie In Hot Water For Culturally Insensitive Tote Bag

Anthropologie In Hot Water For Culturally Insensitive Tote Bag
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4 weeks ago

Clothing retailer Anthropologie is in some hot water on Twitter after one of its tote bag designs was found to be using the design of a meaningful Palestinian scarf. 

The keffiyeh scarf has been around since the 1930's, and represents a sense of Palestinian nationalism according to Complex.

The design is especially charged right now due to the escalated conflicts at the Israel-Palestine border, where dozens of Palestinians were recently killed during a protest prompted by President Trump's decision to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. 

The name of the bag, an "En Shalla Tapestry Tote Bag," also appears to be a play on the phrase "Inshallah" which means "God willing" in Arabic. 

When the controversy broke, Anthropologie immediately removed the bag from stores and apologized, claiming the product was "sourced from a third party brand." To be fair, that brand's name is En Shallah, a company that "focuses on high end accessories blending North African art with modern fashionable ideas." It seems this may have all been a mistake borne out of ignorance. 

Hopefully Anthropologie learns a lesson from the incident—always vet your products before putting them on the shelf!