Nina Yuchi

Textile Taxonomy

Print design, poster design, research

This poster explores the appropriation of Chinese textiles, examining the ambiguity of appropriation and sexualization. Upon closer inspection, the poster is a hectic collage of images, torn up and pasted together. Images include Urban Outfitters mini-dresses with Chinese ornamental textiles bordering cultural appropriation, as well as reimagined qipao as lingerie by Asian American designers as a way of reclaiming culture. In a society that prioritizes material consumption and constant production, the lines between appropriation and appreciation blur. I then question what purpose each textile piece holds in our broader culture and each Asian American’s individual identity. What are the requisites of reclaiming cultural pieces if there are any? What constitutes authenticity? Is authenticity integral to racial identity?