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Al-Aghabani, a Damascene craft that adorns cloths and homes with the most beautiful embroideries

Damascus, ST- The Damascene craftsmen from the time of the Phoenicians till our days,  have created the most beautiful embroideries, as the white and wool  cloth embroidered with gold and silver threads was very famous in the city of Damascus more than 500 years ago. This kind of craft is  called al-Aghabani.

Hisham al-Noqtah, one of the ancient professionals in the craft of Al-Aghabani, and one of the few who still have a workshop to manufacture it and display it in the shops of Medhat Pasha Market, said that Al-Aghbani is a pure  handcraft  made of natural silk, gold and reed threads and embroidered by needle with embossed embroideries. This  distinguishes Al-Aghbani from other Damascene fabrics, such as brocade and silk.

Al-Aghbani is also distinguished by its  seven colors and the names of its  drawings, where each embroidered  stitch has a special name such as " Saqf al- Qa'a", " Daqqat al-Lira", "Al-Sultan", and "Lam Alef'" drawing that was embroidered on the turbans which were  worn by the dignitaries and scholars of Damascus. Al-Noqta  also pointed  out that the every piece of Aghabani needs about a month to be completed, so the Damascene families had to wait a long time to complete the bedspreads and clothes.

AL-Noqta told  SANA that he inherited this  craft from his grandparents. He designs drawings and engravings  on cloth that is either silk or cotton, then begins the stage of printing the drawings on wood briquettes. This  is carried out by specialized workers, then the washing and ironing stage are carried out by a manual machine, thus  the piece becomes ready for use.

Al-Noqta  pointed out that most of Al-Aghabani products are  exported to European countries where the Europeans  boast in offering them as presents as a distinguished handmade Damascene industry.


Czech tourist website highlights Damascus historical monuments

Prague ( ST) - The Czech Tourist  Travel Mag. said that the archaeological monuments of Damascus are considered among the oldest and most important antiquities in the world, and they were put on the UNESCO List for Humanitarian and Cultural Heritage.

In a report about the most prominent historical monuments in Damascus, the website said that Damascus hosts one of the oldest and largest mosques in the world, namely the Umayyad Mosque, noting that part of the remains of John the Baptist exist in this mosque.

The website also highlighted other important monuments in the city of Damascus, especially the Citadel which dates back to the Middle Ages and al-Hamideyeh market which is considered the longest marketing street in the world that has been unchanged since the 19th century.



The short movie "The first face, my mother" in the Arab World Festival

The National Film Organization participates in screening the first international short film in Casablanca under the title 'the first face, my mother" the film which is an educational film directed by Rabab Murhej.  It will be shown at sixth session of Arab world short film. The film won the golden award in the short film festival in 2019.

The film depicts the life of the mother who fights for her children, so their life can be better than hers. It is a detailed scenario of her suffering.

The 9th diplomatic and charitable Christmas fair and market opened in Odessa with the participation of Syria

The 9th diplomatic charitable Christmas fair and market opened today in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, with the participation of the Honorary Consulate of Syria and representatives of the general and honorary consulates and many international organizations in Ukraine.

The fair and the charitable market were organized by the Diplomatic Club of Odessa, under the patronage of the Ukrainian Odessa Territory Administration.

Completion of the third phase of rehabilitating the old markets of Homs

Homs, (ST)-The Directorate of Antiquities in Homs Governorate has completed the third phase of the rehabilitation and restoration project of the old city markets, which have been damaged by terrorist attacks.

Homs Archaeological Director, Eng. Hossam Hamish said: "the project is being implemented by  Homs governorate in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The third phase included the rehabilitation of 80 % of the old market block with the roofing of the main streets", pointing out that the number of markets' shops amount to 892 with an area of 45 thousand square meters, some of them have been completely rebuilt taking into consideration their archaeological and historical status such as the stone facades and restoring the demolished stones.