SHEKI (SHAKI), AZERBAIJAN - APRIL : April 18, 2012, Silk Factory, Sheki (Shaki), Azerbaijan. A worker in the silk factory hangs newly dyed silk cloths to dry. All of the dyes are made from natural sources, mostly plants. Sheki has been famous for its silk since ancient times. During Soviet rule, Sheki was the center of the silk industry and home to the Soviet Unions largest silk plant. (Photo by Reza/Getty Images)
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