Bedouin textiles of Saudi Arabia

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Title: Bedouin textiles of Saudi Arabia
Author: Wright, Celia
Abstract: During the past year I have had the opportunity of working closely with a collection of Saudi Arabian woven textiles and other crafts. These textiles are characterized by the combination of a great variety of techniques, indicating a diffusion of techniques between the Arabian Peninsula and adjacent cultures. The frequent combination of both warp-faced and weft-faced structures within a single woven piece is particularly fascinating, as it rarely occurs in other cultures. This thesis will research the techniques and designs used in Saudi weaving and in the weaving of adjacent and related cultures in Africa and the Middle East which historically have had exchange with the Arabian Peninsula. It will focus particularly on the occurrence and diffusion of combined warp- and weft-faced textiles; it will attempt to examine the relationship between these structures and the technologies used to produce them, and between technology and other ethnological factors in a given region; it will attempt some conclusions about why these textiles occur where they do. The research will be elucidated where necessary with illustrations and maps.
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Date: 1982-05

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