Lungi or not lungi

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Lungi or not lungi

Postby SkirtsDad » Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:42 am

According to India's DailyHunt, it seems the Indians are expecting the Brits, thanks to Zara, to bring the seldom worn lungi back into fashion in there. Maybe somewhat tongue in cheek, but I thought "never mind, great that Zara are being progressive, even if it doesn't make it's way back to India".

Sadly, it turns out that they appear to have appropriated this traditional male Asian garment for women, but bizarrely re-branding it as a "check mini skirt", which, at not far off ankle length, I would have thought it was anything but mini. Priced at £69.99 I, and many others judging by the flack they are getting, will not be rushing to buy one.

DailyHunt: https://m.dailyhunt.in/news/india/english/oddnaari-epaper-odanari/believe+it+or+not+but+zara+is+now+selling+lungis+for+inr+8000-newsid-83147290

Zara: https://www.zara.com/uk/en/check-mini-skirt-p02212676.html

Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5330711/Zara-slammed-selling-Asian-lungi-skirt-69-99.html
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Re: Lungi or not lungi

Postby Stu » Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:16 am

The whole notion of "cultural appropriation" is utterly absurd. Those who expound this idea deserve to be ridiculed and thereafter ignored. Are only western men allowed to wear suits and ties? Cultures have been swapping and sharing ideas since the dawn of civilisation. Am I guilty of cultural appropriation every time I eat a curry (Indian) or a pizza (Italian)? Are japanese people guilty of cultural appropriation if they put a Christmas tree in their homes during December?

The garment is a skirt. There are many types of skirts and some, like kilts and sarongs (and lungis), are associated with particular cultures. If a manufacturer wishes to make them or a retailer wishes to seel them, then that's a matter between them and their customers. You will notice it is almost never the people from the originating cultures who make an issue of this; they couldn't care less. The moaners are invariably those of an identitarian mindset and who sek to impose their particular ideology on everyone else.

Thanks for highlighting this. I think I might now go and buy myself a nice new lungi from Zara.
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Re: Lungi or not lungi

Postby Gusto10 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:06 pm

Stu wrote:The garment is a skirt. There are many types of skirts and some, like kilts and sarongs (and lungis), are associated with particular cultures. If a manufacturer wishes to make them or a retailer wishes to seel them, then that's a matter between them and their customers. You will notice it is almost never the people from the originating cultures who make an issue of this; they couldn't care less. The moaners are invariably those of an identitarian mindset and who seek to impose their particular ideology on everyone else.

Worst part of it, these ideologists get away with it and nobody stops them; it's considered and sold as being politically correct.
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