Fashion of the Land of Mummies!

EgyptianClothing1In today's blog post, it'd be about the fashion that the Egyptians deck themselves in. For the ancient Egyptians, their appearance had an important significance to them as it would usually indicate their status as well as social class. Their garments are usually shaped by elaborate pleating to give the clothes a different look. The most important fabric which they use would be linen. The different kind of linen they use would be a reflection of their wealth and statuses. It is important for the Egyptians to maintain a perfectly white garment to show that they are wealthy enough to be sitting around doing nothing. A basic Egyptian textile would be called a sheet or an ifd which would be fringed on all 4 sides for a decorative touch. They would usually keep the clothes that they wear on daily basis kept simple; men would usually wear short loincloth and women would be in dresses with straps. On the clothes that they wear, there would usually be little sewing because their clothes are usually held in place with a belt. As mentioned earlier, the garments would usually be shaped by elaborate pleating to give the clothes a different look. Actually, the different ways of pleating would also show the difference in classes of the people in different times of the Egyptian history. A horizontal pleating pattern would show that the person is of a upper class in the Old Kingdom. For the New Kingdom era, clothes are usually in vertical pleating patterns that are quite intricate. For the Middle Kingdom era, there would be three different types of pleatings; a part would show pleatings that are few centimeters apart, another with very narrow pleats and the last part with chevron-patterned pleats - horizontal and vertical pleats crossing each other. Another item which they wore was the kilts. Kilts are being worn in the Old Kingdom as well as the Middle Kingdom. Kilts are often until the calf length and would be supplemented with sleeveless shirts or long robes.

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The Egyptians also wore jewelry, elaborate wigs and hairpieces. In daily life, most of the Egyptians only wore wigs. Reason behind them wearing wigs in their daily life? Most of them have their heads shaved and then wearing a wig to replace their natural hair as they are usually unwilling to show their bald heads. The females love to have their hair decorated with the accessories. The accessories also vary for the rich and the poor. For the lower class, they would have simple and inexpensive ornaments which they used to hold their hair back. The children also had different kinds of accessories. Children usually would have small fishes as accessories on them as it is being seen as a amulet which would protect them from the Nile. For the priests, they would usually be cleanly shaved to remain "clean" as they wanted to avoid violating any conduct duringthe rituals; priests are usually represented as bald-headed with no eyebrows or eyelashes. Headdresses or hairpieces are usually worn on special occasions in Egypt. The Pharaohs are usually represented with crowns on their heads, however it is unsure if they actually do wear the crowns in their everyday life. Besides al these, the Egyptians do have hair dye too! They used henna to dye their hair red (besides their nails and lips). They used henna to conceal their gray hair; maybe this is how we have the thought of dying our hair?

Therefore, by looking at the different styles, you can tell the different eras the people come from and if they are wealthy and also if they are from the royal family. By knowing the different types of pleating styles that the Ancient Egyptians had, we can also see the sophistication of their pleating types over the years and their ability to create new patterns of pleating. With the hair dye coming into the picture, doesn't this show that they might be the ones who started this crazy hair dying trend that we have in modern day society?

 

Based on fashionhistorian.com ; reshafim.org ; http://purchasereq.tripod.com/id9.html ; http://belovedlinens.net/fabrics/Egyptian_linen.html