For centuries, glassmakers on the Italian island of Murano near Venice have been renowned for their fine skills.

The recent global recession, however, has hit their trade hard.

According to a local businessman, almost half of the glasswork on sale on the island is now a fake, but they are trying hard to protect this fragile business.

Al Jazeera's Claudio Lavanga reports from Murano.

Source: Al Jazeera