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The clothes of Egyptians were made from locally sourced
materials. Pastoral nomads created clothing from their livestock.
As one the earliest agricultural societies, the ancient Egyptians
The clothes of Egyptians were made from locally sourced materials. Pastoral nomads created clothing from their livestock. As one the earliest agricultural societies, the ancient Egyptians wore light clothes made from linen. Linen is made from flax, which grew near the Nile. Once it was harvested, the flax was soaked in water until soft; this was then separated into fibers which were beaten before being spun into thread which was then woven into cloth.
The men wore a wrap-round skirt which was tied at the waist via a belt. At times it was wrapped around the legs as well. The length varied, according to the trend, during the time of the old kingdom, it was short and during the middle kingdom they were calf length, the new kingdom followed a pleated garment. The rich men were able to afford the best quality linen which was very fine and almost see-through, they also wore as much as jewelry as they could afford and decorated their clothes. For special occasions, they also wore headdresses.
Women wore full-length 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 the rich were made from fine transparent linen; they also wore the jewelry they could afford. The children did not wear clothes till the age of 6 and then continued according to their gender.
Ancient Egyptians wore jewelry to show their wealth and also as they believed that it made them more attractive to the Gods. They mostly wore rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, neck collars, and pendants. Only the rich could afford gold and precious stones, normal people made it from pottery beads. For make-up, they used black kohl eyeliner to line their eyes and darken their eyelashes and eyebrows. They also colored their eyelids with blue or green eye shadow made from powdered minerals. Henna dye was used to color their lips and nails.