Long before there was any lace made in France, social status amongst the members of court would be determined by the quality and complexity of the lace they wore. Catherine de Medici introduced the fabric to the French, who named it dentelle for the tiny teeth around the edges. As French dentelle could not compete with superior products from Italy and Flanders, most of the lace worn in France was imported. The material was as expensive as gold, and Europe's aristocracy couldn't get enough of it.
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