Silk was once a trading product produced in Syria and much of the lush Ottoman silk fabrics which one can still encounter in museums, were produced in Syria. There was a thriving silk industry which has dwindled to perhaps half a dozen producers in small villages in the countryside..We have been lucky to find one of the artisans and to be able to see the whole process from mulberry leaf to silk worm to spinning the silk yarn to weaving and the creation of scarves and crocheted tops.
I loved being able to see this whole process, I know you can read about it in books, but it is not the same somehow. Of course a wonderful hand woven scarf, made wider with a crocheted seam had to come home with me and thank goodness I have had it in this cold nasty and wet winter weather!The family were hospitable and passionate about their silk. Of course we were treated to a cup of coffee and traditional home made biscuits!
If you are at all interested in the tour of Syria more information can be obtained from Creative Arts Safaris- I will be your creative tutor on the trip!