Homespun Silk - Keteni
Turkmenistan is known for keteni , or homespun silk. The arid desert climate is favorable to the growth of white mulberry trees which is the exclusive source of food for silkworms. When harvested, a single silkworm cocoon can produce a strand over 1000 meters long. The thread is then colored with natural dyes created with local plants and minerals. Zohre remembers women carrying silkworms in their pockets to keep them warm, protected, and fed throughout the day.