Profile Update: Linuschka

Company owner, Oxana Shmatova, reached out regarding their company profile. She pointed out the analysis we shared was incomplete. We did some further digging and realized we had missed a follow-up post from the person who had originally raised concerns regarding the “Rhapsody” design. We have updated Linuschka’s profile accordingly. We appreciate Oxana giving us an opportunity to ensure our information is fair and accurate. The profile was also updated to reflect additional information provided by Oxana.

The original analysis regarding cultural appropriation read:

In 2016, a Hungarian babywearer raised concerns about the Rhapsody design and that it was nearly identical to traditional Hungarian patterns. Power dynamics throughout Europe position Hungary much lower than other countries in the EU. The person who raised the concerns with Linuschka felt silenced by the response received. Eventually, Linuschka did what they perceived as due diligence and contacted the Hungarian Embassy for direction. The embassy essentially gave Linuschka permission to use the artwork of a Hungarian artist as they pleased. We feel it is important to point out that governments are not always leaders in areas of cultural preservation. We hold space that – due to our understanding of the power dynamics at play – this may still be cultural appropriation.

The new analysis now reads:

In 2016, a Hungarian babywearer raised concerns about the Rhapsody design and that it was nearly identical to traditional Hungarian patterns. It was discovered that the work was a 1:1 copy of the work of Hungarian artist Bela Lajta. Linuschka did what they perceived as due diligence and contacted the Hungarian Embassy for direction. The embassy gave Linuschka permission to use the artwork. To quote the original person who started the discussion, “I raised the issue, argued, and was heard. Thank you all for empowering me to do this.” As the Hungarian Embassy took no issue with the work being a 1:1 copy, we assume the original artwork by Bela Lajta is Public Domain.

We also changed the Customer Service area to reflect “Accountable to Negative Feedback.”

More changes included:
Costs of Carriers
Removed price points below $200 per company response

Wrap Sizes: Availability of 8s
Changed from None to Upon Request per company response

Wrap Sizes: Availability of 9s
Changed from None to Upon Request per company response

Labor Practices
Changed from Not Enough Known Information to Fair Wages for Workers and Safe Work Environment per company response

Environmental Practices
Changed from Not Enough Known Information to Organic materials/Free from harmful materials per company response