Straw-plaiting is a considerable industry at Lacco; and a certain amount of fishing is also done.
The natives have several industries, including pottery, straw plaiting, smithwork and woodcarving.
A characteristic Italian industry is that of straw-plaiting for hat-making, which is carried on principally in Tuscany, in the district of Fermo, in the Alpine villages of the province of Vicenza, and in some communes of the province of Messina.
The plaiting is done by country women, while the hats are made up in factories.
Straw-plaiting and the manufacture of small wooden wares are the principal industries, and there are large chemical works.