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The Herat region of northern Afghanistan has historically been the centre of silk production, textiles, and a burgeoning garment industry

How the women of Afghanistan are saving the silk weaving tradition

The Herat region of northern Afghanistan has historically been the centre of silk production, textiles, and a burgeoning garment industry

Economy: What you see here are two men working in the fields, which is a big part of the Turkish economy.  About one fourth of the population, in fact. Turkey mostly grows cotton, tobacco, citrus fruits, olives, cereals, nuts, livestock, and opium for medicine. These men are probably to sell these popular crops for some of the currency in Turkey, the “turkish lira”. Other industries include textiles, food processing, and auto manufacturing steel.

Turkey did it. Can Afghanistan?

Economy: What you see here are two men working in the fields, which is a big part of the Turkish economy. About one fourth of the population, in fact. Turkey mostly grows cotton, tobacco, citrus fruits, olives, cereals, nuts, livestock, and opium for medicine. These men are probably to sell these popular crops for some of the currency in Turkey, the “turkish lira”. Other industries include textiles, food processing, and auto manufacturing steel.

An Afghan family collects cocoons from dried mulberry leaves in Zandajan district of Herat province. Carpet weaving once employed, directly or indirectly, six million people, or a fifth of the country's population

How the women of Afghanistan are saving the silk weaving tradition

An Afghan family collects cocoons from dried mulberry leaves in Zandajan district of Herat province. Carpet weaving once employed, directly or indirectly, six million people, or a fifth of the country's population

Keeping up traditions: An Afghan worker weaves threads to be woven into a carpet at a traditional factory in Herat once hat the heart of the industry

How the women of Afghanistan are saving the silk weaving tradition

Keeping up traditions: An Afghan worker weaves threads to be woven into a carpet at a traditional factory in Herat once hat the heart of the industry

An Afghan worker weaves a carpet in a traditional factory in Zandajan district of Herat province - once a stop along the Silk Road trade route

How the women of Afghanistan are saving the silk weaving tradition

An Afghan worker weaves a carpet in a traditional factory in Zandajan district of Herat province - once a stop along the Silk Road trade route

Afghan shopkeepers wait for customers in part of Herat's old city. Skills which have been passed down through the generations of families in Herat are at serious risk of being lost in time if the tradition dies

How the women of Afghanistan are saving the silk weaving tradition

Afghan shopkeepers wait for customers in part of Herat's old city. Skills which have been passed down through the generations of families in Herat are at serious risk of being lost in time if the tradition dies

An Afghan worker weaves a carpet at a traditional factory in Herat. The Department of Agriculture in Herat, in cooperation with a non-profit organisation, provided some 5,050 silkworm boxes in the beginning of 2014 to several districts to revive silk production in the region

How the women of Afghanistan are saving the silk weaving tradition

An Afghan worker weaves a carpet at a traditional factory in Herat. The Department of Agriculture in Herat, in cooperation with a non-profit organisation, provided some 5,050 silkworm boxes in the beginning of 2014 to several districts to revive silk production in the region

Family business: An Afghan child dries silk threads in a traditional factory in Zandajan district of Herat province in Afghanistan.

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