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Think Italian fashion and you are likely to think of chic central, Milan.It imported raw fabrics before transforming them into refined materials and exporting them in a trade that drove the city's economy.The modern-day city manages to defend its position as a fashion leader by preserving local craftsmanship and working in partnership with its close neighbor Prato, the country's leader in supplying fabrics to the ready-to-wear industry.Florence boasts historical gems such as the Antico Setificio Fiorentino, a silk factory founded in 1786 which still produces jacquard weaves and damasks by hand on looms that once belonged to the city's noblest families.
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