A British fashion label has pulled a sweater from its collection after a Canadian woman said it featured a sacred Inuit design created by her family.
“Over the last 20 years KTZ has always been inspired by and paid homage to indigenous cultures and tribes around the world,” reads a letter sent to Nunavut resident Salome Awa from Kokon To Zai (KTZ) on Friday, the CBC reports.
But KTZ, which did not respond to a request for comment, did not apologize for actually using the image, which Awa, a CBC producer, said was created by her great-grandfather.
It said in an email to Awa, “We sincerely apologize to you and anyone who felt offended by our work as it certainly wasn’t our intention.”
The label also said it “has always been inspired by and paid homage to indigenous cultures and tribes around the world.”
Awa could not be reached for comment. Earlier this week, she told the CBC program As It Happens her great-grandfather, who was a shaman, came up with the image in the 1920s. The hands and the