CERNOBBIO, Italy — Exhibitors at the 56th edition of the Ideacomo silk fair said they were working hard to keep their businesses solid despite weak economies in many of Italy’s key export markets.

"The ongoing economic downturn has changed the way the silk industry does business," said Beppe Pisani, president of Ideacomo, at the three-day fair, which closed here on Oct. 5. "It has widened the distance between companies with a good client base and good products and companies that are perhaps in a less fortunate position. There is no longer a common standard that allows all of us to get by."

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