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PAILLETTED, SEQUINED and
HAND BEADED Yarns
Sequin is a shiny, metalic, disk-shaped decoration, which is sewn to from the Arabic "sikka", meaning a coin or die.
Paillette is a small, circular piece of sparkling, sometimes iridescent foil, plastic, glass, mirror or similar article, sewn onto clothes, shoes and accessories for decorative effect. It is similar to a sequin, but usually slightly larger in size.
In the 13th century, the local public Mint of the Republic of Venice was called la Zecca. At that time, it produced the 3.5 gram gold coins, which were known as zecchin or zecchino. The French altered the Venetian word to sequin, and at the same it was adopted in English as well.
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