Creative Design: Professional

Refugee Camps Stories

  • Chanjuan Chen (University of North Texas)


The global crisis of refugees and forced migration has become a significant issue in recent years. To encourage more comprehensive research and activities to support refugee children’s education in camps, a wearable art piece was created to inspire the effort. The purposes of this piece are 1) to explore innovative ways of creating modular designs using upcycled and unconventional materials to address social issues, and 2) to provide insight and knowledge to people to gain a deeper understanding of and support for refugee children in their educational pursuits. In this wearable art, the modular cape conveys meaningful messages using shapes, colors, and textures derived from upcycled tent materials. When combined with the dress, direct quotes, and representative drawings embroidered on the dress depict the educational experiences of refugee children in camps. The two-piece ensemble serves to amplify real voices and research knowledge from refugee camps worldwide.

Keywords: refugee camps, refugee children education, wearable art, modularity, upcycling

How to Cite:

Chen, C., (2024) “Refugee Camps Stories”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
25 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed