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Venice - article about Murano glass.

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An article about Murano glass making, from “The Guardian.
There is a good description of how the sales chain, from hotel concierge to glass factory, operates …


"It's like watching a choreographed ballet," says Francesco da Mosto, a Venetian architect who also works as TV presenter. "There is poetry and beauty in the way they work and in their supreme craftsmanship, which has been fine-tuned over the centuries and down through the generations."
Da Mosto is describing the master glassmakers of Murano, an island in the Venetian lagoon. These workers are heirs to a decorative tradition that goes back to at least the 13th century, and which is now in danger.
Recent months have seen a flurry of protests and initiatives as the recession presents yet another challenge for an industry already under siege.
Since 1990, the size of the workforce has shrunk from about 6,000 to less than 1,000.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/30/italy-murano-glassmaking-industry-imitations for the full article.

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