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Traditional Crafts

Cedar Nature Reserve
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Traditional crafts like shipbuilding – linked to the presence of immense cedar and pinewoods – have disappeared with the forests themselves. However, wooden furniture and marquetry are still made on a small scale. The textile industry, which Lebanon owed mainly to its special methods of dyeing, underwent the same fate as the wood industry. The Lebanese royal purple was particularly famous. Nowadays, textiles are often at least partly synthetic and their production has moved to cheaper countries. Jewellery, once sold by the Phoenician traders on their travels abroad, is still made by local craftsmen.

Among the traditional crafts, the one that is probably best preserved is food preparation. From different kinds of breads, meze (appetizers), pastries, preserves, jams and pickles, rose water and orange blossom water, and everything based on olive oil (including soap), the list of traditional food products is a long one.

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