Idlib: Collectors of Beeswax

Date: c. 1840

Sir John Bowring (d. 1872) notes that Idlib was a prominent city where yellow beeswax was collected. This product was consumed by manufacturers and dyers, as well as for the production of candles for Christian churches in Aleppo. A small amount of beeswax was also exported to Europe. See also: Dyer and Printer of Textiles.

Citation: Bowring, John. Report on the Commercial Statistics of Syria (London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1840. Reprinted: New York: Arno Press, 1973), p. 18.