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Kenya's silk industry weaves wonders

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The finished product: silk on sale in an Asian market.
The finished product: silk on sale in an Asian market. REUTERS/Kham

A rural county in eastern Kenya has become the home of the country’s first-ever silk industry, using a special species known as Eri Silkworms. Local farmers rear these silkworms and harvest silk cocoons in less than a month. They then sell the raw silk to a local social enterprise. Correspondent David John Bwakali visited them and filed this report exploring the journey of silk from farm to fabric is a semi-arid corner of rural Kenya.

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