A BLOSSOMING OF ARTS AND CRAFTS
Lebanon is a small country that has successfully preserved its ties and roots. It would be too lengthy and rather beside the point to confer on all ofLebanon’s heritage here. We will therefore focus on its traditions in crafts and popular arts.
Lebanon is one of the only countries whose craft goes back so far in History. In fact, Lebanon has witnessed ten thousand years of uninterrupted efforts in assuring the continuity of its crafts, while guarding against the trap of modernity and industrialization. Crafts in Lebanon are numerous and varied and can mostly be attributed to the patient work of craftsmen of the Lebanese mountains. Namely, blown glass, Phoenician Tyrian Purple fabrics, fine ceramics and the Arab’s magnificent jewelry, delicately embroidered textiles and garments woven with gold and silver threads. One can also mention the manufacture of the crusader’s bronze bells, 19th century cutlery and 20th century leather crafts.