Maaloula is the only place in Syria where Debess is still produced according to the traditional way. Therefore, this product is an integral part of the cultural heritage of Maaloula, and the demand of Debess coming from Maaloula is very high in Syria.
The method used to make Debess is ancestral: a huge vat with a real blaze under. Once water has evaporated, a form of molasses stays at the bottom.
Inhabitants of Maaloula already produce a large amount of it, but the building in which it is made is in bad condition. The fabric owner apply for funding to carry out restoration work.