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The Arabic Hour interviews Joy Totah Hilden

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Today's program features Joy Totah Hilden, author of Bedouin Weaving of Saudi Arabia and its Neighbors. Hilden is a recognized authority on Bedouin textiles. Her work is based on more than twelve years of residence in Eastern Saudi Arabia and extensive travels throughout the Arabian Peninsula and points north. Born to a Palestinian father and American mother, she spent her childhood in Palestine where she observed the making of many crafts, including Bedouin weaving.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the San Francisco Art Institute as well as Secondary Teaching Credentials in art and English.

Our guest interviewer is Janice Hayden, owner of Folk Art Mavens, a small fair-trade business importing handcrafted Palestinian gifts. Her interest in Palestine began in 1996 and 1997 when she was living in Jerusalem. Subsequently, she returned to the United States and pressed for equal rights for Palestinians through various forms of activism. Hayden founded Folk Art Mavens in 2003 to help Palestinian artisans gain market access in the United States. She travels regularly to Palestine and Lebanon to local Palestinian artisans. Meeting with embroiderers in villages and refugee camps has given Hayden a great appreciation for their work. To view her products and place orders go to: Table of Contents | About the Author | Web Articles | Bibliography | Publications | Trips & Activities | Lectures | Slide Show | Links | Credits