Italy's glassmakers shattered by recession

Island of Murano, renowned for fine quality skills, hit hard by economic woes and sale of fake glassware in market.

    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


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.