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Embroidery has an ancient history, most likely originating in China and the Near East, before making its way West. This age-old art represented the simplest way to embellish and personalize clothing items worn by prominent political or religious figures, increasing their dignity and prestige.

The word embroidery, in fact, derives from the Arabic word ‘raqm’ (racam), which means sign or drawing. In 10th century Sicily, the Saracens introduced workshops in Thiraz and Rakam (weaving and embroidery, respectively), a period resulting in the creation of ceremonial mantles of enormous value.

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