Bedouin Weaving of Saudi Arabia and Its Neighbours

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The Textile Arts Council presents author and teacher Joy Totah Hilden. Ms. Hilden had contact with the Bedouin during her childhood in Palestine. She grew up surrounded by handcrafts and the folk who made them. Therefore, it was natural that when her husband accepted a teaching position in Saudi Arabia in 1982, she would look forward to learning more about Bedouin weaving. She didn’t realize at the time that her quest for weavers and their wares would become a lifelong passion that would lead to over twelve years of field and academic research, articles and presentations on the subject, and finally, a book. Bedouin Weaving of Saudi Arabia and Its Neighbours was published in Spring 2010.

Hilden will give an illustrated lecture on Bedouin weaving, how it is used and how it is evolving with the changes in Saudi society. She will share photos of vivid weavings of many types and origins, as well as of the people who wove and used them, and share examples of these extraordinary textiles.

Ticket Information

Free to Textile Arts Council members, $5 for museum members and students with ID, $10 for non-members. No reservations; tickets available at the door.


Contact Information

Trish Daly
tac@famsf.org