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Traditional incrust craft survives despite blend of modernity


In its issue of July 29, An Nahar daily brought to light the old craft of wood incrusting, which it said was influenced by functional modernity for a faster, easier and inexpensive production. Despite this, the traditional craft making has lingered and survived, still boasting a satisfactory demand from stubborn customers, albeit at a slower pace than before. The old method uses wood husks generated from wood panels. The latter are passed on specialized thin saws to produce sheets of fine wood layers that are more like cardboard or paper. The source of this traditional technique is Arabic, which explains the application of the geometric patterns known as the Arabesque, An Nahar said. While pointing to a decline in the number of artisans in Tripoli, the newspaper showcased the Ahmad brothers as well as Adel Qodsi who keep the craft alive and have opened a niche store to this end in Al Mina. The craft, they maintained, is alive and well and not at risk. Manual incrusting is still in demand by many aficionados who admire the old woodcraft, notwithstanding the competition of modern industry. (An Nahar, July 29, 2019)

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