From The Earth salutes the Jordan Breast Cancer Program for launching its third annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in Jordan, and it is the leading cause of cancer death among women. Early detection saves lives, so check out their website for more information. And don't forget to share this with your mother, sisters, and friends!
Monday, October 24, 2011
At From the Earth we are pleased to introduce our new Christmas card designs! We have eight new designs to make gift-giving easy this holiday season and to help you write that special note to family and friends. The cards are now available on amazon, at our showroom, and at our stores. Click here to see which ones carry our handmade cards!
As that famous song sings, "It's the most wonderful time of the year." We hope you enjoy these new cards as much as we do!
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
From time to time we like to highlight some of the talented people who make handmade products right here in Jordan. Earlier this year we were able to learn more about Gadara Design which makes lovely mosaic pictures, stoneware, and boxes using ancient techniques. Samer founded Gadara Design in 1996 after working in Madaba restoring mosaics and later working for the Ministry of Tourism. The name Gadara comes from the ancient name of Um Qais which Samer visited each week as a child. Um Qais and the surrounding area is well known for its antiquities.
Gadara currently employs 70 talented people who make the mosaics. Typically only 10% of the people who start training to create mosaics have the precision and skills necessary to succeed.
Employees actually work on the mosaics upside down. First designs are drawn onto a cloth, and the stones which are only 7 mm thick and cut into tiny pieces are carefully glued into place. Then the mosaic is placed upside down into a frame filled with cement. When the cloth is peeled off, the picture is seen for the first time from the correct side! After the stones are all flat and even, the mosaic is sealed. While mosaics can have many different colors, all of the stones are naturally found in different areas of Jordan: white from Ajlun, red and yellow from Jerash, black from Mafraq, and green from Madaba.
We are pleased to offer a selection of Gadara Design's work in our showroom, and we love supporting this traditional art form.
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