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The Order of Preachers, better known as the Dominicans, is an order founded by Dominic of Guzman in 1215. Like the Franciscans, it belongs to the category of mendicant orders. These religious, working closely with the population, wear a white habit, composed of three pieces. First of all a tunic and a scapular that's tightened with a leather belt, as well as a capuce -- a piece of fabric resting on the shoulders which covers the chest and arms to the elbows, coming to a point on the back. Since the 15th century, the Dominicans have added to their habit a rosary of fifteen decades that hangs on the belt. They sometimes wear a long black cape-like garment, called a cappa, over the tunic which consists of a cap and a hood in the same shape as the main garment.

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