Report on the Commercial Statistics of Syria

Report on the Commercial Statistics of Syria

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...They consist of silk stuffs, with gold and silver thread; silk and cotton, flowered and striped; and striped cotton only, called Nankeens. Few modern improvements have been introduced into the machinery employed; but the fabrics are, many of them, graceful and beautiful, and costly where silver and gold are introduced. A considerable number of children are employed to assist the spinners and weavers; they are most of them Christians; and I have seldom seen a race so remarkable for graceful proportions of body, and fine features and expression of countenance. Their appearance was that of robust and glowing health, with a most cheerful turn of mind, and sprightliness of conversation. They earn tolerable wages, usually from 5 to 10 piastres per day=l. or 2s., particularly those engaged in making the richer stuffs, for which there is some demand in Turkey, and in the provinces to the east and north-east of Syria. The best machinery I observed was that for making gold and silver thread. The instruments were well constructed, and worked with much dexterity. The weavers are, for the most part. gathered into large shops, in each of which two or more workmen are employed by a particular manufacturer, and they are paid by the pike for their fabrics. There are no very extensive manufacturers; the looms belong to the weavers, but the raw materials are furnished by the masters. The art of dyeing seems well understood, and the colours are bright and lasting. The manufacturers had been for some years tending to decay, but a revival has again taken place, principally in consequence of the importation of a portion of the half-worked material, such as twist and yarn from England. British manufactures have been gradually intruding on those of Syria. They were much...
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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236502108
  • 9781236502100