Aleppo: Shoe Makers

Date: 1930s

Factories had been established for the manufacture of shoes, but much of the craft was still practised in traditional workshops. Damascus was said to have 2,000 shoe makers employing 4-5,000 young artisans, and Aleppo was believed to have similar numbers. Nineteen tons of shoes were exported from Syria in 1934 (compared with a high of 142 tons in 1931). See also: Tanner; Currier; Makers of Clogs.

Citation: Hakim, George, “Industry”, in Himadeh, Saʿid B., ed., Economic Organization of Syria (Beirut: The American Press, 1936. Reprinted New York: AMS Press, 1973, pp. 163-64, table XXIX.