The cover of the zine HEAD DRESS, which consists of a list of words associated with the "native" headdress.

Thanks to Julia from a l’allure garconniere, I have downloaded my very own copy of Kate Burch’s zine HEAD DRESS, “composed entirely of found images from blogs, juxtaposed with critical quotes from theorists and bloggers examining the effects of cultural appropriation.” (An excerpt from the Coco Fusco citation I posted a while back is included! For more, some of our posts on the headdress can be found under the tag “native appropriations.”) Because it’s a free download from the awesome Zine Library, Julia suggests,

print out a bunch of your own copies and drop them off where you think they might be most thought-provoking. a few ideas:

  • thrift stores where you regularly see “hipsters”
  • coffee shops in urban areas
  • music venues/festivals where you have seen aforementioned cultural appropriating hipsters
  • offending stores that sell clothes labelled “tribal” or “native” or “cherokee” (urban outfitters, forever21, bluefly, etc)

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One response to “Get It: HEAD DRESS

  1. jen

    This is awesome,
    but my feathers are totally getting ruffled at the hipster bashing, such as the suggestion to
    leave a printed zine copy at “thrift stores where you regularly see “hipsters”
    .. I see a scary amount of self-righteousness in that proposal- (and the impracticality of leaving literature in a thrift store that is non profit and can’t/wont allocate space for local business cards, brochures.. etc)
    How does that action address the dynamics of appropriation and injustice?
    How is that gesture productive for generating dialogue (or does it make you feel better for your moral superiority?)

    Why is posting the virtual link of the zine in comments of offending blogs not the first action one could possibly partake in (an action that might also be the most accessible)??

    By labeling hipsters as the sole culprits of cultural theft and targeting them in their home spaces (ie ‘the thrift store’, ‘the co-op’, ‘the farmers mkt’, ‘indie concerts’, ‘ironic dive bars’) we are left with a very limited understanding of who owns culture..and a bad taste in my mouth of ‘us’ vs ‘them’.

    Also it is just plain infuriating to see so much attention on outing hipsters for their offensive ways when the main bulk of consumers of F21 and Urban Outfitters edgysexy exotic Tribal Primitive Wayward Zulu gear most likely do not identify as indie/alternative/hipster. People that buy this horrible stuff do think they are being modern and fashionable, however, so shouldnt the conversation be re-directed to include everyone, (instead of blaming a specific group) and strive to invite fashionistas to think critically about fashion?

    Don’t get me wrong,
    I love to get in a good swig of hatorade for non-native peoples that would wear a ceremonial garment as avante garde fashion, and hipsters in general, but they weren’t created in a vacuum.

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