Refugee Artisans – Quilting a Narrative

Refugee Artisans – Quilting a Narrative


Artisans For Hope and the Idaho Commission on the Arts collaborated on this project first envisioned by the ICA Folk and Traditional Arts Program Director. Author Malia Collins elicited the stories from Artisans For Hope refugee sewing students. AFH volunteers then taught the students how to express the essence of their stories in small story cloths.

A photo journal was made possible by a Boise 150 grant and features photos of the story cloths, the refugee artisans who made them and their stories. This small book helps those of us who have never faced war and upheaval to understand the hard road our new citizens traveled to find refuge. Their unwavering hope for their new home fuels the hard work of adjusting to our American way of life.

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Boise, ID