Faculty Advisor

Roberts, Laura


Worcester Massachusetts is home to one of the largest refugee populations in the state. A subset of these refugees are artisans which rely on their craft to preserve their culture and identity. We worked with Refugee Artisans of Worcester to adapt floor looms for refugee weavers so they can continue their craft. Additionally, we assessed our resources and reached out to the community to gather necessary materials and information for loom adaptations. Ultimately, we adapted four looms, created an instructional video documenting our work, secured a donated portable loom for demonstration purposes, and contributed to the preservation of the refugees’ culture and identity.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

June 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs