March 15, 2016
Oaxaca’s congress awarded Cultural and Intangible Heritage status to the designs, costumes, handicrafts as well as the languages spoken by the Indigenous peoples of a community called Mixe. The ruling concluded that Indigenous peoples and communities have the social right to maintain, develop, preserve and protect their own identities and the elements that comprise them. The declaration comes after French designers used a traditional blouse of the community of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, Mixe, and presented it as their own design in July 2015. The two designers, Antik Batik and Isabel Marant, repackaged the blouse and put a US$365 price tag on it, causing outrage.