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Sequins (Spangles, Paillettes)

Nan H. Mutnick

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives 2010

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Cultures all around the world, throughout time, have been attracted to the dazzle and shine of metals and have attached small pieces of them to their clothing and accessories. Different cultures often assigned various meanings to the metals they wore, according their beliefs. These included fertility and protection. Coins sewn on clothing served the double purpose of adding sparkle as well as providing the wearer with easily detachable currency. Identifying the attraction of the shiny, iridescent

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