I’m visiting some pyramids in Egypt. I hope I don’t bump in to a mummy! Or maybe I do, so I can see the amazing fabric that mummies were made of.
Fabrics were always important to the Egyptians. But they only knew a few different pieces of clothing. Men wore a linen loincloth that reached from their hips to their knees. Most of the time, this was the only thing they wore. Rich Egyptians had a longer loincloth that was folded in a sort of pants with a nice belt. Sometimes they wore a long shirt with it.
Women wore long, tight dresses. The rich women had dresses that were made of a thin, shine-through fabric and decorated with pearls.
All the Egyptian clothing was either folded in place, or sewn into a model. If it was folded, it were just big pieces of fabric that were wrapped around the body. The sewn pieces of clothing were mostly triangles or squares that were sewn at one or more sides and bound together with rope.
Linen was the most used fabric in the Old Egypt. The farao even sent it as a gift to other rulers and some workers were paid for their jobs in linen instead of money. You could see how rich one was by the quality of their linen. Workers wore simple linen loin cloths that were made of very sturdy fabric, so it wouldn’t tear apart while working. While rich Egyptians had very fine linen clothing, almost as thin and soft as silk.
Would you have liked living in the Old Egypt?