The Chronicle of Black Hair

  • Gloria Makafui Mifetu (University of North Texas)
  • Chanjuan Chen (University of North Texas)


The challenges of single motherhood affect children's outcomes. Berryhill and Dursch (2016) stated that the average socioemotional academic and statistical test scores of children from single-parent families are lower than those of children from two-parent households. Through all their struggles, single parents still strive to dress, look nice, and hide their pain behind their dresses and hairstyles on many occasions. For Africans,  the social impact of black hair was significant, and the cosmetic aspects of black hair were equally essential (Byrd & Tharps 2014). This study used upcycling and crocheting to design a garment to tell the story of a black mother with black hair. 

Keywords: Keywords: crocheting, storytelling, black hair, single parenthood Introduction, Chrocheting, Story telling, Blackhair, Single parenthood

How to Cite:

Mifetu, G. M. & Chen, C., (2024) “The Chronicle of Black Hair”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
25 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed