The re-invention of traditional weaving in Saudi Arabia

  • Laila Salaghor

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    This research seeks to create new woven artefacts by integrating elements of traditional weaving from western Saudi Arabia and different kinds of materials for the warp, thus offering a new dimension to the field of hand weaving in Saudi society, and contributing to its development. For the researcher’s MA study, she was interested in western modern weaving and textiles in terms of its new weave techniques, methods, forms, design and function. But, with the commencement of her PhD study, she thought more about Saudi traditional weaving as a key reference. Her interest developed when she worked as a weaver and teacher of the art. Through work experience, the researcher has observed that the field of hand weaving in Saudi Arabia, particularly the traditional Bedouin approach, is rich in aesthetic values and techniques, but is not widespread. Some effort is required to find ways to develop this kind of weaving and to introduce the new forms, appearance and techniques to Saudi Arabian society. At the same time, this might be considered an invitation to Saudi weavers to join the researcher in reclaiming our past to suit the needs of the present time.
    Date of Award2007
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • Coventry University
    SupervisorJill Journeaux (Supervisor)


    • weaving
    • Bedouins
    • Saudi Arabia
    • textiles

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