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India's tribal people spin their way out of poverty, thanks to silkworms

Adivasis in parts of India have long reared silkworms to make tasar, a copper-coloured silk coveted for its unique texture. But production has hiked in recent years with the adoption of modern techniques.

"I used to live in a tiny house with no toilet, no fans, nothing. Then I started keeping the silkworms and I haven't looked back since," says Ms Murmu (above).

Banka, India

POINTING to a television in her recently built mud-and-brick home, Indian villager Munia Murmu proudly shows off her new-found wealth, thanks to hundreds of squirming green silkworms.

Like thousands of other tribal villagers in India, Ms Murmu lived in extreme poverty...

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