The Late Latin term auriphrygium derives from aurum ('gold') and Phrygius ('Phrygian').

In antiquity, the Phrygians, from what is now western Turkey, were sometimes accredited with the early development of embroidery.

The word survives in the term orphrey, which is used for a decorative element of ecclesiastical vestments. 

See also Opus Phrygium or Opus Phrygionum.


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