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Ella Top Dip Dye gifted by Voloshin | Ethically made wide leg pants here | Bag via La Paloma Vintage at Mercado Magic every Saturday! More details here! | Old sandals, similar vibe here 

When Voloshin wrote and asked me to style one of their garments, I was thrilled. I loved learning about their ethical fashion brand via their website. I appreciated and aligned with their empowering mission while remaining as eco-conscious as possible. I was also enamored over their beautiful textiles and block-print process. However, as I browsed through their site, I became disheartened with the culturally-appropriative naming of some of their items. Namely, the items that were described as "kimonos." I followed Emi’s @little_kotos_closet lead and wrote them an email that pointed them to the numerous sources Emi has written about the naming of sacred garments, like the kimono, to describe things that do not represent that history or culture.

I shared the @buyfrombipoc page and movement. I was clear that this is not an experience I embody, and I did not speak on behalf of those who do, which is crucial when we are challenging the status quo. We must be conscious that we are amplifying the voices of those who are already speaking on these issues and embody these truths. This is especially important if you are a person holding white privilege. @voloshin___responded within 24 hours with an apology and re-named their garments. They also continued their collaboration with me and sent me this hand dyed top. 

As someone who has used this space as a platform to share style, I believe that it is also my responsibility to ensure that the brands I choose to work with are inclusive and conscious of actions that I know to be violent against BIPOC and other folks existing in marginalized bodies. To be sure, this is nothing exceptional of me to have done; it is simply the right thing to do. I have many hopes as a woman of color in this current climate, but one specific hope, is for slow and ethical fashion brands --who are already challenging the status quo against fast fashion and waste-- listen to, include and acknowledge the experiences of BIPOC within their brands. When brands like Voloshin do so, they begin the restorative process and honor the dignity of BIPOC in these online spaces and beyond. Voloshin did the right thing and I am grateful.

Outfit details: I am seriosuly obsessed with how soft this top is! I am excited to style it in all the ways this summer and beyond; I think it'll be perfect layered in the fall under a cozy sweater. The dip dye is so subtle and beautiful. As Voloshin writes on their website, it combines the visual interest of bohemian design with finely curated, handprinted natural fibers and traditional hand embroidery. The line is inspired by Amy Voloshin's collection of globally sourced antique textiles and garments and is produced by skilled artisans in India, with a focus on fair labor and ethics." I couldn't be happier with this top and the ethics of the folks over at Voloshin.

Side note: I have gotten so many questions on my Instagram about my hand-dyeing. If you've been following along my Instagram, then you know that I've begun learning how to dye using natural products like avocados stones. I wante to be sure to mentions that I will be writing a separate post all about it soon. 

Español: Cuando me escribió @voloshin___ para regalarme algo se su colección de primavera, yo me puse tan contenta. Me encanto su ropa teñida a mano y sus telas. También estaba de acuerdo con su misión para el futuro de sostenibilidad. Pero después de leer un poco más me di cuenta que estaban usando nombres culturales como la palabra “kimono” que es una tela sagrada de la comunidad japonesa para describir un articulo de ropa que no lo es. Emi de @little_kotos_closet escribió extensivamente sobre la apropiación cultural de esta palabra y su experiencia usando kimonos en su familia. Seguí su liderazgo y le escribi a @voloshin___ , le mande los artículos que han escrito sobre el tema y le mande la información de la pagina @buyfrombipoc . Me aseguré explicar que esto no es mi experiencia pero que si hay muchos que han hablado en contra de lo mismo. Y es sumamente importante no hablar por encima de las personas de color o las personas de experiencias marginales, sino debemos compartir lo que ya han dicho sobre lo mismo. @voloshin___ me escribió en menos de 24 horas pidiendo disculpas y cambiaron el nombre de sus artículos de ropa. También siguieron su colaboración conmigo. Cuando las marcas escuchan y incluyen a todas personas ell@s empiezan el proceso de arreglar y honrar la dignidad de personas de color por las redes sociales y afuera de ella también.

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