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The Cistercian Order is a reformed branch of the Benedictines whose origin dates back to the foundation of the abbey of Cîteaux by Robert de Molesme in 1098. It was under the abbey of Aubry that the clothing of the Cistercians changed and differed from that of the Benedictines. At that time, they adopted a white wool garment, which earned them the nickname "white monks" or "white Benedictines". Over the top they wear a black scapular held in place by a leather belt. During services, the monks put on the cowl and, by this gesture, mark their entry into another activity.  

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