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Owning identity

In May 2016, Guatemalan indigenous weavers filed for a declaration of unconstitutionality over the country’s industrial laws. They claimed that the law does very little to protect the collective intellectual property of their textile designs from national and transnational companies who use them without their consent.


A maya woman in Santiago Atitlán weaves a traditional textile using a backstrap loom. Photo: Jeff Abbott/comvite
A maya woman in Santiago Atitlán weaves a traditional textile using a backstrap loom. Photo: Jeff Abbott/comvite

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