Modifying Textile and Design to Make a Modern Hijab

The hijab is a veil, covering the head and chest typically worn by Muslim women’s as a symbol of modesty and privacy around the world. Although it is usually only worn for short periods of time in Saudi Arabia, there are more dynamic situations they face in western countries where this attire can hinder everyday actions like navigating a fall thunderstorm, driving a car, and playing sports. A group of Muslim women in the US have thus modified the traditional hijab for comfort and fashion. Our guest today is Elham Maqsood who will describe her tremendous journey from Saudi Arabia to the US where she seeks to introduce these designs to other Muslims and help increase the quality of life of the next generation of Muslim women. Elham is entering the last year of her Ph.D. program in Design and Human Environment and will return to Saudi Arabia to become a university teacher to potentially start her own fashion line!


Tune in tonight at 7PM Pacific Time to 88.7FM KBVR Corvallis or stream the show live at and hear how Elham is helping a new generation of Muslim women feel more comfortable in their own skin and how textile modification can make all the difference!

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3 thoughts on “Modifying Textile and Design to Make a Modern Hijab

  1. Nash

    Is the audio for these still available on I can’t find any episodes later than May 12, 2014.

    1. Adrian Gallo Post author

      We apologize for the late reply. We’re in the process of uploading all previous episodes of Inspiration Dissemination to the Oregon State University Archive; we expect this to be done in the coming months so you will be able to see ANY of the past episodes ever created. Stay tuned, we’ll be sure to make it easy to find for our listeners.

  2. George

    I am happy to hear that hijab(also known as naqab) is evolving. I hope modern hijab will give more comfort and independence.

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