What Is an Example of Cultural Borrowing?

An example of cultural borrowing is the use of indigenous art styles or imagery by non-indigenous artists. It may be considered especially problematic when permission has not been sought and the work of indigenous artists is simply copied.

Cultural borrowing, or cultural appropriation, may also include the adoption by members of one cultural group of another cultural group's style of dress — for instance, when white people grow dreadlocks.

However, not all people who have been "borrowed" from consider it insensitive. Writing for the Huffington Post, for instance, the Indian writer Anjali Joshi criticized the social media controversy surrounding a white girl's adoption of the Hindu bindi, arguing that many Hindu women do not even understand the bindi's cultural significance.