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Inside the machine-crammed Mouhtarides factory near the Greek-Turkish border, Ioanna Pistola deftly spins a silk thread in a loom, ignoring the deafening noise around her.The dormant, isolated town of Soufli has been a key center for Greek silk production since the 19th century.Silk, much of it homemade, has sustained the town of around 4,000 inhabitants for decades, although the number of factories has fallen.Now though, the town's last two active producers say, silk is again de rigueur on the world's most prestigious catwalks, and demand from designers for the luxurious fabric is on the up.The town's two factories currently export silk clothes and handicrafts to Bulgaria, Slovakia and Cyprus, and fulfill design orders from British stylists.Each silkworm cocoon can yield a continuous silk strand of up to 2.5 kilometers long.With four local museums already dedicated to the silk industry, the town is also ripe for further development as a tourism destination.
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