The trade in counterfeit Indigenous art is worth $200 million a year. Copies of goods being passed off as Indigenous can be found on everything from souvenirs and prints to look-alikes of expensive original artworks.
The financial damage – as well as the reputational, personal and cultural damage – that comes with this counterfeit activity is devastating:
“It’s heartbreaking when you see your artwork that you’ve worked so hard on and put your heart and soul into being ripped off.”
Chern’ee Sutton, Aboriginal artist and Kalkadoon woman
Laava is committed to providing real-world solutions to counterfeiting and connecting consumers with creators, by collaborating with leaders like IndigiLedger and our APAC Provenance partners.