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The Glass industry in Hebron

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 26.09.2006:

Exquisite dark blue and dark green glassware adorn many Palestinian homes, particularly in the Hebron area, the most famous site for the traditional colorful glass factories. An industry which dates back to the Chinese and ancient Egyptians, this handicraft was first introduced in Palestine during the Roman times. It is currently produced by very few families in Hebron and the secrets of the trade are well kept amongst the family members who constitute the labor force in these factories. The value of the Hebronite glass is not in its quantity, but rather in the uniqueness of its colors, and its rich beauty. The glass production is not limited to house ware, but can also be found in the stained glass windows of the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron or the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

The Hebron glass is produced by blowing into glass (usually broken glass) melted in a round shaped oven. The sand used is produced in the Bani Naim village, east of Hebron. The blowing technique used is the same one that the Phoenicians used in ancient history. Currently, there are 23 glass factories in Hebron employing 300 workers.


This Week in Palestine

February 2000

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