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The ancient Afghan art of silk making.
The craft has been handed down through generations but is now under threat.
Demand for the delicate material has been falling for decades. Undercut by cheap imports, it's too expensive for ordinary Afghans. And the tourists haven't returned since the bloody civil war.
Silk producers want investment and regulations to cut smuggling, which they say is ruining the industry.
soft cloth produced from the thread of a type of worm
- handed down
passed from one generation to the next
- under threat
negatively affected by a competitor selling the same product at a lower price
taking a product from one place to another illegally