An Indonesian fashion designer is selling a bag that he says is made from a human spine that was legally purchased from a Canadian company.
The bag, a unique $ 5,000 piece by designer Arnold Putra, went on sale in 2016, but sparked outrage last month when an Instagram post about the item went viral, Insider reported Monday.
“Made from the spine of a child who had osteoporosis,” read the description of the bag, posted on the @byarnoldputra account.
Putra told Insider that the account is not his, but that he has “contributed” to it.
I wouldn’t tell the store if the spine really belonged to a child. Two osteopathic children said the bag was made from a real human spine, but disagreed on whether it belonged to a child.
Outraged social media users bombarded Putra’s Instagram account last week.
“How can you even, in a correct mindset, use a child’s spine for a bag?” one person wrote
Another person added: “Defamation of the deceased child for profit? Lowest point.”
The designer said the spine had been “medically sourced from Canada with papers.”
He said it was possible to buy bones from licensed companies that receive human specimens donated to science and sometimes sell them as surplus.
The human bone trade is legal in several US states. USA And in some countries, including Canada, according to National Geographic.
In response to criticism posted on his Instagram account, Putra told Insider: “It is part of a creative learning process that should involve opposition, otherwise it would be a form of repeated validation.”
“I have no intention of selling, and I will continue to realize my frequently changing ideas in terms of theme.”