Homage or Appropriation?

What I’m thinking about today, as I work in the garden and in the study:

Cultural appropriation, and what it means to use motifs and images in designs. Here’s a good article to read while thinking about these ideas: An Open Letter to White Makers & Designers Who Are Inspired By the Kimono and Japanese Culture.

I’ve been thinking about these ideas a lot lately with regard to weaving and knitting design.

What do you think about using “borrowed” motifs? On what level is it a decent and honorable thing to do? Or is it always cultural appropriation?

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