The Egyptians - Clothing
The ancient Egyptians wore light clothes made from linen.
Linen is made from flax - a plant which was grown along the Nile. The picture above shows the flax growing process.
Once harvested, the flax was soaked in water until soft. The softened flax was then separated into fibres which were beaten before being spun into thread which was then woven into cloth.
All men wore a wrap-round skirt that was tied at the waist with a belt. Sometimes the material was wrapped around the legs as well. The length of the skirt varied depending on the fashion of the time - in the time of the Old Kingdom they were short while in the Middle Kingdom they were calf length. During the New Kingdom period it was fashionable to wear a pleated garment.
Rich Egyptian men were able to afford the best quality linen which was very fine and almost see-through. Rich Egyptian men also wore as much jewellery as they could afford and decorated their clothes. They also wore headdresses for special occasions.
Egyptian women wore full length straight dresses with one or two shoulder straps. During the New Kingdom period it became fashionable for dresses to be pleated or draped. The dresses worn by rich Egyptian women were made from fine transparent linen. Like the men, rich Egyptian women decorated their clothes and wore jewellery and headdresses.
Ancient Egyptian children did not wear clothes until they were about six years old when they would wear the same clothes as men and women.
The Ancient Egyptians went barefoot most of the time but wore sandals for special occasions or if their feet were likely to get hurt.
The sandals worn by the poor were made of woven papyrus or palm while those worn by the rich were made of leather.
The picture shows the various styles of sandals worn.
The Ancient Egyptians wore jewelry to show their wealth and also because they believed it made them more attractive to the Gods.
They wore rings, ear-rings, bracelets, decorated buttons, necklaces, neck collars and pendants.
Only the very rich could afford jewelry made of gold and precious stones. Ordinary people made jewelry from coloured pottery beads.
Egyptian men and women wore make up.
They used black kohl eyeliner to line their eyes and darken their eye lashes and eye brows. They coloured their eye lids with blue or green eye shadow made from powdered minerals.
Henna dye was used to colour their lips and nails.
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