Global Gifts at Nora: Fragile Beauty from War-Torn West Bank

Global Gifts at Nora: Fragile Beauty from War-Torn West Bank

Artisan Feature: Hebron Glass

Have you seen our beautiful Hebron Glass collection? Its delicate beauty attracts customers from across the store and we get lots of questions about where it comes from. Let's satisfy that curiosity:

The Hebron Glass workshops are located in the historic West Bank city of Hebron, a location known for its glass-blowing tradition. The process that results in the trademark silken luster, employs recycled bottles that are smashed and melted in high temperature ovens.

The delicacy of Phoenician glass blowing takes an especially skilled hand, and is reserved for the true masters of the art who mix a variety of substances into molten glass, with the result being a magnificent range of swirling colors. Each piece is utterly unique. 

Hebron Glass workshops are a family business established in 1890, though the techniques they use go back even further -- to a flourishing art glass industry that began during Roman rule in Palestine (as far back as the 13th century, CE).

Fair Trade
Hebron Glass employs some 60 artisans, both women and men, who earn steady incomes and benefit from safe working environments. The company aims to keep artisans busy throughout the year, despite the challenges of occupation and war.

Global Gifts at Nora carries drinking glasses, candle holders, goblets, vases, and decanters from the Hebron Glass workshops.

Photo credit: Ten Thousand Villages, Lisa Lorentz

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