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Silk industry spins eco-friendly yarn from cassava-fed worms

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Thailand's silk industry has successfully developed a new eco-friendly material called Eri silk from cassava-fed silkworms. 

Unlike traditional Thai silk derived from silkworms that eat mulberry leaves, Eri silkworms feed on cassava and castor leaves.

"Eri silk is produced by wild silkworms that originated in northeastern India. They were first brought to Thailand about 40 years ago," said Prof Tipvadee Attathom.

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