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Little Silkmakers - 17 Jul 2015
Clusters of silkworms munch on piles of locally-grown mulberry leaves in a white marquee in Italy's northern Veneto region. They are nourishing hopes of a revival of Italy's 1,000 year-old silk industry.

Decades after Veneto's last silk mills were shuttered as a post-war economic boom lured farmers to cities, budding silkmakers - or "sericulturists" - are trying to spin a niche around a traceable supply chain of high-quality material.
ITALY-SILK/
RTX1KMR9
July 17, 2015
A silkmoth that has hatched out of its cocoon is seen at the Campoverde cooperative, Castelfranco Veneto,...
Castelfranco Veneto, Italy
A silkmoth that has hatched out of its cocoon is seen at the Campoverde cooperative, Castelfranco Veneto...
A silkmoth that has hatched out of its cocoon is seen at the Campoverde cooperative, Castelfranco Veneto, Italy June 4, 2015. Despite having wings, the adult moth cannot fly. Clusters of silkworms munch on piles of locally-grown mulberry leaves in a white marquee in Italy's northern Veneto region. They are nourishing hopes of a revival of Italy's 1,000 year-old silk industry. Picture taken June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ITALY-SILK/
RTX1KMRD
July 17, 2015
Two late-developing silkworms are seen as they munch on piles of locally-grown mulberry at the CRA agricultural...
Padua, Italy
Two late-developing silkworms are seen as they munch on piles of locally-grown mulberry at the CRA agricultural...
Two late-developing silkworms are seen as they munch on piles of locally-grown mulberry at the CRA agricultural research unit in Padua, Italy, June 4, 2015. Clusters of silkworms munch on piles of locally-grown mulberry leaves in a white marquee in Italy's northern Veneto region. They are nourishing hopes of a revival of Italy's 1,000 year-old silk industry. Picture taken June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi?
ITALY-SILK/
RTX1KMV2
July 17, 2015
Silkmoths that have hatched out of their cocoons are seen at the CRA research unit in Padua, Italy,...
Padua, Italy
Silkmoths that have hatched out of their cocoons are seen at the CRA research unit in Padua, Italy
Silkmoths that have hatched out of their cocoons are seen at the CRA research unit in Padua, Italy, June 4, 2015. Despite having wings, the adult moth cannot fly. The Padua research unit houses some 200 different genetic types of silkworm. Clusters of silkworms munch on piles of locally-grown mulberry leaves in a white marquee in Italy's northern Veneto region. They are nourishing hopes of a revival of Italy's 1,000 year-old silk industry. Picture taken June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
ITALY-SILK/
RTX1KMSF
July 17, 2015
A silkmoth sits in a box of silkworm cocoons like the one from which it has recently emerged, at the...
Padua, Italy
A silkmoth sits in a box of silkworm cocoons like the one from which it has recently emerged, at the...
A silkmoth sits in a box of silkworm cocoons like the one from which it has recently emerged, at the CRA agricultural research unit in Padua, Italy, June 4, 2015. The Padua research unit houses some 200 different genetic types of silkworm. Clusters of silkworms munch on piles of locally-grown mulberry leaves in a white marquee in Italy's northern Veneto region. They are nourishing hopes of a revival of Italy's 1,000 year-old silk industry. Picture taken June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
ITALY-SILK/
RTX1KMV7
July 17, 2015
Silkmoths are seen at the CRA research unit in Padua, Italy, June 4, 2015. Despite having wings, the...
Padua, Italy
Silkmoths are seen at the CRA research unit in Padua, Italy
Silkmoths are seen at the CRA research unit in Padua, Italy, June 4, 2015. Despite having wings, the adult moth cannot fly. The Padua research unit houses some 200 different genetic types of silkworm. Clusters of silkworms munch on piles of locally-grown mulberry leaves in a white marquee in Italy's northern Veneto region. Picture taken June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
ITALY-SILK/
RTX1KMS6
July 17, 2015
A late-developing silkworm sits suspended in the fibres its fellow larvae released as they spun their...
Padua, Italy
A late-developing silkworm sits suspended in the fibres its fellow larvae released as they spun their...
A late-developing silkworm sits suspended in the fibres its fellow larvae released as they spun their own cocoons, at the CRA agricultural research unit in Padua, Italy, June 4, 2015. Clusters of silkworms munch on piles of locally-grown mulberry leaves in a white marquee in Italy's northern Veneto region. They are nourishing hopes of a revival of Italy's 1,000 year-old silk industry. Picture taken June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ITALY-SILK/
RTX1KMUN
July 17, 2015
A frame spins a thread of silk from a cocoon on an antique loom at the Campoverde cooperative in Castelfranco...
Castelfranco Veneto, Italy
A frame spins a thread of silk from a cocoon on an antique loom at the Campoverde cooperative in Castelfranco...
A frame spins a thread of silk from a cocoon on an antique loom at the Campoverde cooperative in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy, June 4, 2015. Clusters of silkworms munch on piles of locally-grown mulberry leaves in a white marquee in Italy's northern Veneto region. They are nourishing hopes of a revival of Italy's 1,000 year-old silk industry. Picture taken June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
ITALY-SILK/
RTX1KMS7
July 17, 2015
A silkmoth sits on a box of silkworm cocoons like the one from which it has recently emerged, at the...
Padua, Italy
A silkmoth sits on a box of silkworm cocoons like the one from which it has recently emerged, at the...
A silkmoth sits on a box of silkworm cocoons like the one from which it has recently emerged, at the CRA agricultural research unit in Padua, Italy, June 4, 2015. The Padua research unit houses some 200 different genetic types of silkworm. Clusters of silkworms munch on piles of locally-grown mulberry leaves in a white marquee in Italy's northern Veneto region. They are nourishing hopes of a revival of Italy's 1,000 year-old silk industry. Picture taken June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
ITALY-SILK/
RTX1KMUQ
July 17, 2015
Silkworm cocoons are seen in a box at the CRA agricultural research unit in Padua, Italy, June 4, 2015....
Padua, Italy
Silkworm cocoons are seen in a box at the CRA agricultural research unit in Padua
Silkworm cocoons are seen in a box at the CRA agricultural research unit in Padua, Italy, June 4, 2015. The Padua research unit houses some 200 different genetic types of silkworm. Clusters of silkworms munch on piles of locally-grown mulberry leaves in a white marquee in Italy's northern Veneto region. They are nourishing hopes of a revival of Italy's 1,000 year-old silk industry. Picture taken June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
ITALY-SILK/
RTX1KMU3
July 17, 2015
Silk cocoons are displayed in the glass jars in the museum at the CRA agricultural research unit in Padua,...
Padua, Italy
Silk cocoons are displayed in the glass jars in the museum at the CRA agricultural research unit in Padua...
Silk cocoons are displayed in the glass jars in the museum at the CRA agricultural research unit in Padua, Italy, June 4, 2015. Clusters of silkworms munch on piles of locally-grown mulberry leaves in a white marquee in Italy's northern Veneto region. They are nourishing hopes of a revival of Italy's 1,000 year-old silk industry. Picture taken June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
ITALY-SILK/
RTX1KMU5
July 17, 2015
Silk cocoons are displayed in a glass jar in the museum at the CRA agricultural research unit in Padua,...
Padua, Italy
Silk cocoons are displayed in a glass jar in the museum at the CRA agricultural research unit in Padua...
Silk cocoons are displayed in a glass jar in the museum at the CRA agricultural research unit in Padua, Italy, June 4, 2015. Clusters of silkworms munch on piles of locally-grown mulberry leaves in a white marquee in Italy's northern Veneto region. They are nourishing hopes of a revival of Italy's 1,000 year-old silk industry. Picture taken June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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