High quality silks produced in Sudbury will now be given special European protection from imitation thanks to new laws.
The new rules will ensure Sudbury weavers can no longer be ripped off by imitation products from other countries.
Richard Howitt, Labour Party Member of the European Parliament, this week backed new Euro laws giving geographical protection to authentic, local and original non-agricultural products.
On Friday the East of England MEP visited Vanners Silk Weavers in Sudbury, which has weaved silk since 1740, to see the mills in action and hear how the new laws will help them.
Mr Howitt said:“This move by Europe is great news for local businesses like Vanners that produce top of the range, unique and regionally exclusive goods.
“These laws will mean a clamp down of factories half way round the world who try to pass off cheap knock offs as originals.
“Sudbury should rightly be proud of the stunning silk they have produced here for more than 250 years and it is only proper that local business and people are protected.
“I am proud to have spearheaded these laws and show what Europe is doing to protect and grow British manufacturing.”