Undercover in Damascus

In certain quarters, Syrian lingerie is famous. You may not think so, but the fact is that you may be wearing it and never know. There are Syrian exporters who employ people to cut the "Made in Syria" labels out of frilly knickers and lacy bras, and replace them with ones that say "Made in Italy" prior to exporting them. A friend of mine in Damascus does precisely this job. But what is the reason for Syria's infiltration of so many of the world's underwear cupboards? Why Syria, of all places?

A wander around the capital Damascus gives...

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