Originals: Ethnic-inspired jewelry part of Karboojeh spring/summer 2011 collection

15 May

Political correctness has become very confusing lately. Ten years ago, we used to refer to folk music from around the world as “ethnic” music, but in recent years, it has become known as “world” music. The word “ethnic” does not seem quite welcome by post-colonial reformists who want to correct the doings of colonialism – one of which is cultural arrogance and a condescending attitude towards “less-developed” nations.

One question I have is, who said technological advances make a nation or two “more developed” than nations that enjoy a simple, down-to-earth life? Who said a civilization that has gone astray, cold, calculating, materialistic, and in favor of appearances, is more “developed” than nations that are more sincere, loving, with a strong tie to nature, environment and earth? What is so funny about capitalist countries ruling the world is that they export their civilization to those less developed nations, with all the problems that come with it, and then export mad solutions to environmental problems, solutions that cost millions, using filters, and machines, etc.

Meaning: A nomadic society needs first to build ugly towers, pollute water, abuse natural resources, and then they are expected to “fix” the problems that came from capitalistic approaches, by going “sustainable;” to buy solutions for saving water, cleaning air, planting trees, etc. This scenario seems to be quite OK with the World Bank and the likes, but to stay under-developed, with rivers running, and homes naturally dependent on their surrounding habitats, doesn’t seem quite right in their book.

Destroy then (spend money to)  fix, is the approach of capitalism.

Can you fix water after it has been abused or polluted? With technology you can spend millions of dollars to clean water… but why not keep it clean from the very beginning by not applying greedy projects around rivers and water basins, for a start!

This post sounds much more serious than the lighter ones I have posted before :-)

Anyhow, I like the word “ethnic,” and from our Muslim Arab land comes the inspiration behind these new Karboojeh necklaces, now on sale for 5$ a piece.

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