Only old men seem to still roll cigarettes in Damascus. Rolling got out of fashion — in favor of filter tipped cigarettes — as much as the language and way the „paper of Damascus“ addresses its consumer in the enclosed richly ornamented information sheet: „This national brand is for you, oh Arab“. A shift in not only consumption culture but society manifests itself in this relic. „Made for Muslims“ or (supposedly) Western origin have become much more promotional.
I found this item in various small scale shops and street stalls all over Syria and Lebanon from 2004 until my last visit in 2017 but it must be a much older product according to design and material selection.
This item is also part of the book "Muslim Matter", ed. by Omar Kasmani and Stefan Maneval, Berlin 2016 (https://revolver-publishing.com/muslim-matter.html).
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- Date : 14/03/2018