Creative Design: Graduate

Wearing Many Hats: A Green Approach to Accessories Design

  • Mona Maher (
  • Rachel Anderson (Texas Tech University)


In the apparel industry, pollution is created through different phases of apparel lifecycle, including producing fabric from raw fiber, manufacturing apparel from fabric, and disposing of used apparel. Designers must wear many hats if they are to help reduce pollution. In this project, researcher aims to develop a sustainable, functional, wearable, and artistic hat as a proposed green product, and in the process, to draw attention to environmental concerns and endangered species. This product is the outcome of integrating multiple considerations and techniques (including sourcing and selection of natural materials and felting) to portray the endangered environment and produce a wearable hat with minimal negative environmental effects. Increased use of natural fibers sourced from plants by the apparel industry could reduce air pollution, absorb carbon dioxide, and release more oxygen. In addition, the use of felting techniques and natural dyes can moderate the amount of pollution in apparel production

Keywords: Accessory, Textile innovation, Biodegradable, Sustainability

How to Cite:

Maher, M. & Anderson, R., (2020) “Wearing Many Hats: A Green Approach to Accessories Design”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 77(1). doi:

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Published on
28 Dec 2020
Peer Reviewed