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Alençon lace has always been the prerogative of the court of Versailles and later of the world of luxury in the 19th and 20th centuries. Though it impacted the sector, industrial lace never managed to reach the same degree of finesse and lightness. Today, six lacemakers and two apprentices perpetuate the tradition at the Atelier National du Point d'Alençon (National Workshop of the Point d'Alençon). UNESCO included Alençon lace in the list of the World Heritage in 2010.
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