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In this picture taken on June 3 an Afghan worker pulls threads from... News PhotoAfghanistan,Boiling,Cocoon,Herat,Horizontal,Human Interest,Occupation,Pulling,Thread,Water,WetPhotographer Collection: AFP In this picture taken on June 3, 2014, an Afghan worker pulls threads from cocoons soaked in boiling water in Herat. Once a stop along the Silk Road trade route, western Afghanistan has a long tradition of producing silk used to weave carpets, a process that dates back thousands of years. Carpets are Afghanistan's best-known export, woven mostly by women and children in the north of the country, a trade which once employed, directly or indirectly, six million people, or a fifth of the country's population, although that figure has dropped sharply. In cooperation with a non-profit organisation the Department of Agriculture in Herat provided some 5,050 silkworm boxes to several districts at the beginning of 2014 to revive silk production in the region. Some 42,500 women and their families are involved in the project which aims to provide a means of subsistence and potentially lead to international market access for silk producers in the country. The popular wool and silk Afghan carpets made by different tribes can sell for a price that can range between 150 USD to thousands of dollars. AFP PHOTO/Aref Karimi (Photo credit should read Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images)