Is wearing clothes from a different culture fall under culture appropriation or appreciation?
Donning another person’s cultural dress comes with great responsibility.
Hence, one needs to be clear between freedom of expression and open disrespect.
It is always recommended not to wear another person’s cultural clothes just because it looks nice.
Find out what that clothing, design, print, or jewelry symbolizes within the culture and what it might mean for an outsider to wear it.
Then it becomes cultural appreciation with respect.
That’s the additional beauty of our multicultural Malaysia.
We celebrate all festivals and we at least will have one attire from another tradition in our wardrobe or a borrowed fashion from another tradition.
It’s part of our diversity and unity.
If you are given a dress-up experience, which culture or nationality clothes would you like to try?
Photo: Celebrating the Lunar Festival, Cheongsam blouse