Abu Mohammad, left, works on a loom at a workshop in the village of Ariha.
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With the deftness of decades of experience, Abu Mohammad wove thick green thread with a wooden loom in northwest Syria, creating a vibrant geometric pattern renowned among Arabic textiles. It was the last day before the weaver in his 50s would be forced to close the workshop, leaving the last five remaining looms in his hometown of Ariha in Idlib province to gather dust.The battered city, 70 kilometers northeast of Ariha, was the main provider of the rough thread needed to weave Arabic textiles, versatile fabrics turned into rugs, furniture covers, and other household items.But now Aleppo's rebel-held eastern districts are besieged by government forces, making it impossible to obtain thread from there, and materials from the regime-controlled west are too expensive, Abu Mohammad said.Today, a kilogram of the blend of cotton and polyester used for the textiles costs 3,500 Syrian pounds ($7), up from 175 pounds before the war.
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