The New Kingdom was the more luxurious period; people wore more clothing, sometimes in layers. Urban men in market. Motifs included images of the gods and goddesses; hieroglyphic symbols; and birds, animals and insects that played a role in the creation myth.
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An opening for the head was cut at the centre of the cloth, which was then folded in half. The lower parts of the sides were stitched together leaving openings for the arms.
Selket wearing a pleated dress. Ankle long dress with straps, leaving breasts half bare. Laundering They wear linen garments, which they are specially careful to have always fresh washed. Herodotus, Euterpe , 2. And who was closer to the gods than the pharaohs themselves. Since earliest historic times the titles of "chief washer of the palace" and "washer to the pharaoh" are known, and keeping the royal clothes lily white was the duty of the "chief bleacher.
The laundry was beaten, rinsed and wrung by pairs of workers. By BCE there were fire-proof boilers in the wash-houses, and the hot water lightened the workload.
Many, above all the poorer people had no access to facilities and had to do their laundry under at times difficult conditions. Washing on the shore of the river or the bank of a canal, which had the advantage of not having to carry a lot of water in heavy earthen pots, could be dangerous: The washerman launders at the riverbank in the vicinity of the crocodile.
I shall go away, father, from the flowing water, said his son and his daughter, to a more satisfactory profession, one more distinguished than any other profession. He says disparagingly of the washerman: He cleans the clothes of a woman in menstruation. Even though the clothes of the Egyptians were lighter than those of Europeans and less critical to survival, they were careful not to ruin them, and when a garment got torn, it was probably the ancient Egyptian housewife who got her favorite needle out of her needle box, a knife and a piece of thread and settled down to mend it.
Garments have been found which were mended a number of times and finally recycled and turned into something else. The better-off put on wigs - perhaps just on special occasions.
These grew to a remarkable size during the New Kingdom. The pharaohs are always represented wearing crowns , but whether this is a pictorial convention or whether they did so in every day life can not be decided.
Footwear Plaited reed sandals New Kingdom Picture source: The sandals were tied with two thongs and, if they had a pointed tip this was often turned upwards. The cheapest kind of sandals were affordable to all but the very poorest.
Ipuwer in his Admonitions used the lack of sandals to describe the destitute who, in the topsy-turvy world of chaos he warned from, attained great wealth: The kings wore at times very elaborately decorated sandals, and sometimes decorative gloves as well, but generally they were depicted barefoot, as were the gods.
Among Tutankhamen's equipment there were 93 pieces of footwear. There were sandals made of wood with depictions of enemies on their soles, on which the king would tread with every step and another pair which was fastened with buttons. In the story of The Two Brothers Anpu set out on a journey: Then he took his staff and his sandals, as well as his clothes and his weapons, and he started to journey to the Valley of the Pine.
Among the oldest images of the dynastic period are depictions of the sandal-bearer of the pharaoh , and for the sixth dynasty official Weni this post was seemingly an important stage in a splendid career, mentioned twice in his autobiography. Sandals were very closely and beautifully stitched up of rush, and usually soled with leather.
A small bundle of rush was wound round by a rush thread, which at every turn pierced through the edge of a previous bundle. Thus these successive bundles were bound together edge to edge, and a flat surface built up.
This was edged round in the same way. In basket making exactly the same principle was followed, with great neatness. The rush sandals soled with leather, leather sandals alone, and leather shoes, were all used. The shoes seem to have been just originating at that period; two or three examples are known, but all of them have the leather sandal strap between the toes, and joining to the sides of the heel, to retain the sole on the foot ; the upper leather being stitched on merely as a covering without its being intended to hold the shoe on the foot.
These soles are compound, of three or four thicknesses. During the New Kingdom there were times when some Egyptians seem to have taken to occasionally wearing shoes, as in a depiction of Queen Nutmose at Karnak.
This may have come about as an influence of the Hittites, with whom they came into contact at this time. Back  In the afterworld one put on white sandals to meet the gods, just as one did during temple services: In the monthly service, wear the white sandals, Visit the temple, [observe] the mysteries, Enter the shrine, eat bread in god's house For their crossing of the rocky Wadi Hammamat he supplied his people with sandals: He is called up for Syria. He may not rest. There are no clothes, no sandals.
The claim is repeated in a great many inscriptions with similar wording having become synonymous with rightful rule, e. I am satisfied with victories, thou hast placed every rebellious land under my sandals which thy serpent-diadem has bound Back  Pliny's gossypium was cotton. According to him it was grown in the south of the country. The upper part of Egypt, in the vicinity of Arabia, produces a shrub, known by some as "gossypium," but by most persons as "xylon;" hence the name of "xylina," given to the tissues that are manufactured from it.
The shrub is small, and bears a fruit, similar in appearance to a nut with a beard, and containing in the inside a silky substance, the down of which is spun into threads. There is no tissue known, that is superior to those made from this thread, either for whiteness, softness, or dressing: Riley  Most articles of dress found in tombs were made of linen.
There were apparently also cultic restrictions to wearing woollen clothing. According to Herodotus wool was not worn in temples They wear a linen tunic fringed about the legs, and called calasiris; over this they have a white woollen garment thrown on afterwards. Nothing of woollen, however, is taken into their temples or buried with them, as their religion forbids it.
Clothing made of materials such as animal skins and vegetation was initially used by early humans to protect their bodies from the elements. The usage of clothing and textiles across the ages reflects the varying development of civilizations and technologies. Sources available for the study of clothing and textiles include material remains discovered via archaeology; representation of textiles and their manufacture in art; and documents concerning the manufacture, acquisition, use, and trade of fabrics, tools, and finished garments.
Although aware of other materials, the ancient Egyptians most commonly used linen, a product made from the abundant flax plant. Other animal based products such as pelts were reserved for priests and eventually were adopted by only the highest class of ancient Egyptian citizenry.
Thus, most ancient Egyptians used linen as their primary textile. The material quality of garments differed between the classes, where those of the upper class used finer linens, depicted in statues and paintings by their translucency.
These materials were expensive and the wearer showed greater status by wearing them. Men in ancient Egypt often wore the loincloth or schenti  common in all classes; although men of a higher class wore longer schenti , often pairing them with a draped cape or tunic.
It was considered acceptable for men and women alike to bare their chests, in both upper and lower classes. Around to BCE, a light tunic or short-sleeved shirt was popular, as well as a pleated skirt. Clothing for adult women remained unchanged over several millennia, save for small details. Draped clothes with very large rolls gave the impression of wearing several items.
The dress was rather narrow and even constricting, made of white or unbleached fabric for the lower classes. Garments worn by higher classes featured sleeves starting under the chest and were held up by suspenders tied onto the shoulders. The characteristic of the female garment in ancient Egypt Old Kingdom was a short skirt for the lower classes, or a kalasiris , a longer skirt reaching from the ankles to just below, or just above the breasts. They were like skirts, reaching from waist to ankles, sometimes even hanging from the armpits.
The New Kingdom was the more luxurious period; people wore more clothing, sometimes in layers. This outer layer was made of particularly fine, diaphanous pleated linen, and would appear almost transparent. Clothing of the royal family was different, and was well documented; for instance the crowns of the Pharaohs as mentioned below, feather headdresses, and the khat or head cloth were all worn by nobility.
Shoes were the same for both sexes; sandals braided with leather , or, particularly for the bureaucratic and priestly classes, papyrus. Embalming made it possible to develop cosmetic products and perfumery very early [ clarification needed ]. Perfumes in Egypt were scented oils which were very expensive. In antiquity , people made great use of them.
The Egyptians used make-up much more than anyone else at the time. Kohl , used as eyeliner, was eventually obtained as a substitute [ dubious — discuss ] for galena or lead oxide which had been used for centuries. Eye paint was the most common form and was used to shield the eyes from the sun.
The reason for them to wear eye makeup is to protect the eyes from the sun's rays and ward off infection. The dramatic makeup also imitated the facial markings of the sun god Horus, who was often depicted as a falcon.
Eye shadow was made of crushed malachite and lipstick of ochre. Substances used in some of the cosmetics were toxic, and had adverse health effects with prolonged use. Beauty products were generally mixed with animal fats in order to make them more compact, more easily handled and to preserve them. Nails and hands were also painted with henna [ dubious — discuss ].
Only the lower class had tattoos. The cone was usually made of ox tallow and myrrh and as time passed, it melted and released a pleasant perfume. When the cone melted it was replaced with a new one see the adjacent image with the musician and dancers. The use of cosmetics differed slightly between social classes, where more make-up was worn by higher class individuals  as wealthier individuals could afford more make-up.
Although there was no prominent difference between the cosmetics styles of the upper and lower class, noble women were known to pale their skin using creams and powders. This led to paler skin represented the non-working noble class, as noble woman would not work in the sun.
Although heads were shaven as both as a sign of nobility  and due to the hot climate, hairstyle was a huge part of ancient Egyptian fashion through the use of wigs.
Good quality wigs were made of human hair and were ornamented with jewels and woven with gold. In both social classes children were represented with one lock of hair remaining on the right side of their head  see the adjacent image. The most common headgear was the kaften , a striped fabric square worn by men.
Ornaments could be worn by all and was even woven into hair,  resulting in wigs containing ornamental decorations. A peculiar ornament which the Egyptians created was gorgerin [ dubious — discuss ] , an assembly of metal discs which rested on the chest skin or a short-sleeved shirt, and tied at the back.
Some of the lower-class people of this time also created many different types of piercings and body decorations [ dubious — discuss ] ; some of which even included genital piercings, commonly found on female prostitutes of the time [ dubious — discuss ]. It was common for ancient Egyptians to be covered in jewellery because they believed it made them more attractive to the Gods.
The upper class Egyptians were fascinated with gold jewelry. They believe that gold is the color of the sun, and it symbolises the sun's permanent and immortality, because this metal does not corrode or oxidize with time.
Common motifs included white lotuses, palm leaves, and even animals that represented the gods. Copper was used in place of gold, and glazed glass or faience — a mix of ground quartz and colorant — to imitate precious stones.
Jewels were heavy and rather bulky, which would indicate an Asian influence [ dubious — discuss ]. The lower classes wore small and simple glassware; bracelets also were heavy. They wore a large disk as a necklace of strength, sometimes described as an aegis. Gold was plentiful in Nubia and imported for jewelry and other decorative arts. As elsewhere, Cretan clothes in the ancient times were well documented in their artwork where many items worn by priestesses and priests seem to reflect the clothing of most.
Wool and flax were used. Spinning and weaving were domestic activities, using a similar technique to the Egyptians of the time,  and dyeing was the only commercial process in keeping with everywhere else in antiquity. Crimson was used the most in dyeing, in four different shades.
Early in the culture, the loincloth was used by both sexes. The women of Crete wore the garment more as an underskirt than the men, by lengthening it. They are often illustrated in statuettes with a large dagger fixed at the belt. The provision of items intended to secure personal safety was undoubtedly one of the characteristics of female clothing in the Neolithic era [ dubious — discuss ] , traces of the practice having been found in the peat bogs of Denmark up to the Bronze Age.
Cretan women's clothing included the first sewn garments known to history. Dresses were long and low-necked, with the bodice being open almost all the way to the waist, leaving the breasts exposed. Ancient brooches, widespread in the Mediterranean, were used throughout the period. Practically all men wore a loincloth. The fabric passed between the legs, adjusted with a belt, and almost certainly, was decorated with metal.
It was worn by all men in society, as well as a standalone garment for women during more athletic activities, such as bull-leaping. In addition to Cretan styles, Cycladic clothing was worn as pants across the continent. A triangular front released the top of the thighs. One could say it was clothing of an athletic population, because of this and the fact that the chest always was naked. It was sometimes covered with a cask, probably ritualistically.
However, long clothing was worn for protection against bad weather and eventually a coat of wool was used by the Greeks. Men had long hair flowing to the shoulders; however several types of headgear were usual, types of bonnets and turbans , probably of skin. Shoes were boots of skin, probably of chamois , and were used only to leave the house, where one went barefoot, just as in the sanctuaries and the palaces. People studying this matter have noticed the outdoor staircases are worn down considerably, interior ones hardly at all.
It's known that later, entering a house - this habit already was in use in Crete. The boots had a slightly raised end, thus indicating an Anatolian origin, similar to those found on the frescoes of Etruria. In the day it was protection from rain and cold, and at night peasant Israelites could wrap themselves in this garment for warmth   see Deuteronomy The front of the simla also could be arranged in wide folds see Exodus 4: Every respectable man generally wore the simla over the kuttoneth See Isaiah From this simple item of the common people developed the richly ornamented mantle of the well-off, which reached from the neck to the knees and had short sleeves.
The me'il was a costly wrap See 1Samuel 2: Phylacteries or tefillin Hebrew: Tefillin are boxes containing biblical verses that are attached to the forehead and arm by leather straps. Depictions show some Hebrews and Syrians bareheaded or wearing merely a band to hold the hair together. Men and women of the upper classes wore a kind of turban , cloth wound about the head. The shape varied greatly. Sandals na'alayim of leather were worn to protect the feet from burning sand and dampness.
A woman's garments mostly corresponded to those of men: Women's garments were probably longer compare Nahum 3: Israelite women used to wear veils in public, which distinguished them from women in pagan ancient societies. Ancient Greece is famous for its philosophy, art, literature, and politics. As a result, classical period Greek style in dress often has been revived when later societies wished to evoke some revered aspect of ancient Greek civilization, such as democratic government.
A Greek style in dress became fashionable in France shortly after the French Revolution — , because the style was thought to express the democratic ideals for which that revolution was fought, no matter how incorrect the understanding of the historical reality was. Clothing reformers later in the 19th century CE admired ancient Greek dress because they thought it represented timeless beauty, the opposite of complicated and rapidly changing fashions of their time, as well as the more practical reasoning that Grecian-style dresses required far less cloth than those of the Rococo period.
Clothing in ancient Greece primarily consisted of the chiton , peplos , himation , and chlamys. While no clothes have survived from this period, descriptions exist from contemporary accounts and artistic depiction. Clothes were mainly homemade, and often served many purposes such as bedding. Despite popular imagination and media depictions of all-white clothing, elaborate design and bright colors were favored.
Ancient Greek clothing consisted of lengths of linen or wool fabric, which generally was rectangular. The inner tunic was a peplos or chiton. The peplos was a worn by women. It was usually a heavier woollen garment, more distinctively Greek, with its shoulder clasps. The upper part of the peplos was folded down to the waist to form an apoptygma. The chiton was a simple tunic garment of lighter linen, worn by both genders and all ages.
Men's chitons hung to the knees, whereas women's chitons fell to their ankles. Often the chiton is shown as pleated. Either garment could be pulled up under the belt to blouse the fabric: A strophion was an undergarment sometimes worn by women around the mid-portion of the body, and a shawl epiblema could be draped over the tunic.
Women dressed similarly in most areas of ancient Greece although in some regions, they also wore a loose veil as well at public events and market. The chlamys was made from a seamless rectangle of woolen material worn by men as a cloak; it was about the size of a blanket, usually bordered. The chlamys was typical Greek military attire from the 5th to 3rd century BCE. As worn by soldiers, it could be wrapped around the arm and used as a light shield in combat.
The basic outer garment during winter was the himation , a larger cloak worn over the peplos or chlamys. The himation has been most influential perhaps on later fashion.
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