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Last time I was writing about Syria was in Summer 2008, and it wasn’t nice. So today, once again something about the old country’s civilisation. It’s economy and its products. About Aleppo soap and its production. Photos from Historische Alepposeife, used with permission.

Olive Grove close to the Kurdish Town of Afrin

1) Olive Grove close to the Kurdish Town of Afrin, Northwest of Aleppo.

     Pressing the Olives out, First round

2) Pressing the Olives out, First round.

3) Oil from First press (Edible)

3) Oil from First press (Edible).

4) Residue of 2nd pressing (the oil of this is commonly used for Aleppo soap)

4) Residue of 2nd pressing (the oil of this is commonly used for Aleppo soap).

5) Empty Cauldron, before production

5) Empty Cauldron, before production.

6) Boiling and stirring the Soap - still without laurel oil added

6) Boiling and stirring the Soap - still without laurel oil added.

7) A Barrel of Soda ashes (also known as Sodium Carbonate) is opened and added.

7) A Barrel of Soda ashes (also known as Sodium Carbonate) is opened and added.

Sodium Carbonate Unpacked

8) Sodium Carbonate Unpacked.

9) Ready for the Cauldron

9) Ready for the Cauldron.

10) Stoker Entrance - to the fuel room for the Cauldron

10) Stoker Entrance - to the fuel room for the Cauldron.

11) Soap Cutting Tool (Cooling Floor still Empty)

11) Soap Cutting Tool (Cooling Floor still Empty).

12) pipe leading from the cauldron to the cooling floor (one storey up)

12) pipe leading from the cauldron to the cooling floor (one storey up).

13) Laurel Oil added to Boiling Soap Paste

13) Laurel Oil added to Boiling Soap Paste.

14) The Soap Paste, Pumped here from the Cauldron, is Cooling (see photo 11 and 12) - to be cut later (see photo 11).

14) The Soap Paste, Pumped here from the Cauldron, is Cooling (see photo 11 and 12) - to be cut later (see photo 11).

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Written by taide

February 21, 2009 at 9:45 am

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