SARAFAND, LEBANON— |
Face lit up orange by the darting flames of the furnace, Mahmoud Khalifeh manipulates the blowpipe with ease, using skills that stretch back not just generations, but millennia.
Much like his father, and his father’s father before that, Muhammed has mastered glass blowing, an art developed in the region more than 2,000 years ago.
But despite a profitable pairing with an eco-entrepreneur and an unexpected boost from Lebanon’s trash crisis, fears remain the craft could be lost to a modern age of mass production.
A hidden gem
The Khalifehs say they are the only glass blowers in Lebanon, and one of a few across the region keeping the tradition alive - it is feared the Syrian war has dwindled numbers further.
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