World 144

In World 144 today, the tents are gone from refugee camps. But the refugees aren’t. They’re more settled than ever. About 70.8 million people live here. These heroes managed to thrive despite challenging circumstances by resorting back to their heritage, utilizing the generations of passed down craftsmanship techniques, creating a parallel reality with a revolutionary fashion system.

The refugees continuously challenge the odds of limited resources by using a mixture of primitive sustainable design mythologies, shared and Rent-Based Closed-Loop Supply Chain for Fashion Products, with inherited craftsmanship of the region from different authentic types of embroideries from Syrian Embroidery to Palestinian, Jordanian and North African embroideries, and other techniques like Brocade, Crochet, weaving, jewelry making, leather handmade products.

Inspiring a series of initiatives by UNCHR and humanitarian organizations to learn from the success stories of emerging design talents in refugee communities and create opportunities where refugees are not a problem but rather a solution of a productive addition to any society.

Issue:

This project could be linked to the UN SDGs, specifically goals of: No poverty, Decent work and economic growth, Climate action, Responsible Consumption and production, Peace, Justice and strong institutions.

Inspiration:

Middle East craftsmanship in danger due to political unrest – the new forced geopolitical situation for Syria, Palestine and Iraq – Refugee Crisis in Middle East

This World was contributed by Maha Abdalla, Neha Chauhan and Shahzaadee Valli (located in United Arab Emirates, Egypt, India and South Africa) using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence which allows others to share and adapt the work in any medium and for any purpose, providing that they credit the author and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.

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Published by Amy Twigger Holroyd

explorer of Fashion Fictions

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