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On a rooftop in Syria's capital, Mohammad al-Rihawi plunges silk threads into emerald green dye, preparing it to be woven into the city's famed brocade. But with civil war raging, he knows it is a dying trade.Once rinsed, Rihawi hangs the silk coils up to dry from the ceiling of his small workshop, whose wooden lattice walls let the air and sun through.The final result is a coil of supple silk, turned a brilliant shade of emerald green.'Swathed in silk' Before Syria's war broke out with the brutal repression of anti-government protests, Rihawi had a much larger workshop and employed 14 people. The trade has suffered, especially because fewer and fewer people are buying the silk material it is used for.The silk threads once produced in Syria now come from India or China as the conflict has disrupted silkworm farming at home.
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