A worker stands by looms at the Veba textile factory in Broumov, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. When the managers of a textile factory in northern Czech Republic declared they

 

              A worker stands by looms at the Veba textile factory in Broumov, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. When the managers of a textile factory in northern Czech Republic declared they
A worker stands by looms at the Veba textile factory in Broumov, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. When the managers of a textile factory in northern Czech Republic declared they would focus sales on Africa, their bankers, insurers and suppliers shook their heads in disbelief. A decade later, the decision is paying off. While the textile industry in Europe is under pressure from low-cost competition in Asia, the Czech company Veba is working around the clock to meet demand for the high-quality brocade it ships to Muslims and elites in western Africa. The textiles are of a better quality than those shipped in from China and have become a favorite among Africa’s Mecca-bound pilgrims. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)