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In the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century the industry of Ipirus went through a period of growth. The means of trade and area of internal market were the trade fairs. Arabantinos (Ipirus Chronography v. I) mentions that in 1840 many products were exported such as wool, silk, leather, fur, flokates, velentzes, embroidered clothing etc.
The distribution of wool was a starting point for the Mediterranean trade. The new form of economy was supported on this, which appeared with wool fabric and its propagation through trade. Wool fabric was the first product that was distributed toward the western industries. Needs required the increase of the production of wool. Demand increased gradually in the 16th century and was relative to the increase of wool fabrics. The wool of the regions of Ipirus, Albania, Thessaly and Macedonia was initially provided to the market of Thessalonica and was exported to the western regions. It is lower in quality than that of Spain which had come before in trade directed toward the Italian areas. The Balkan wool was absorbed by state industries but also by the transport trade. The commercialized product of production forced the animal breeders to become transport tradesmen and to form types of family businesses. They then became industrial tradesmen.