Ueli Ramseier has a vision. He wants to bring silkworm breeding back to Switzerland. Not much is left of the one-time silk superpower. The last breeders in Ticino closed their businesses before the First World War.
This content was published on July 21, 2012 - 11:00
The association of Swiss silk producers, swiss silk, wants to revive silk production in in the country. The industry was one of Switzerland's biggest in 1900. The long-term goal is annual production of 10 tons of raw silk, which would provide a substantial side income for 300 farmers. Ueli Ramseier, federal official, trained textile chemist and a farmer on the side, is one of the initiators of the project. Photographer Tomas Wüthrich accompanied Ramseier while he worked.