NEW YORK — Diversification was a key theme among vendors at last week’s Yarn Fair International, with executives explaining that they’re trying to expand their product offering beyond the sweater-and-sock trade, which had been the core of the show.

But the changes at the three-day show, which wrapped up at the Metropolitan Pavilion in here on Wednesday, were not limited to vendors’ assortments. More than half of this year’s exhibitors were first-time participants — making for a pronounced increase in the number of foreign yarn spinners and fibermakers participating. While U.S. firms represented the plurality of exhibitors, 32 percent of the total, other exhibitors hailed from nations including Italy, Spain, Canada, the U.K., China, Japan and Mauritius.

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