efe-epaBy Gustavo Monge Dvur Kralove, Czech Republic

A cooperative founded almost 90 years ago in the northeast of the Czech Republic that makes handmade Christmas decorations from glass is resisting competition from Asia, whose industrial-scale production offers cheaper alternatives.

The "Vanocni Ozdoby" company, which means "Christmas Decoration" in Czech, employs 120 workers - mostly women - who handcraft about 80,000 Christmas tree ornaments.