Lesson 6: Clothes and Fashion
Ancient Egyptians were very fashion-conscious people. How they dressed,
wore their hair, and decorated their bodies was very important to
them. It also showed how wealthy they were and what their position
was in society.
in Ancient Egypt was made out of white linen, as it kept the wearer
cool. Noblemen wore a wraparound linen skirt called a kilt and a top
of fine pleated robes. Upper class women wore fine
dresses with shoulder straps and a shawl. The lower classes wore
simpler garments made of less expensive cloth. Young children and slaves
rarely wore any clothes. In cold weather, most people wore clothes
made from wool. People sometimes wore sandals but usually they went
changed a lot in Ancient Egypt. Generally though, men wore their hair
short, while women wore theirs long with braids or curls. Children
were bald except for a sidelock, a long strand of hair, on one side
of the head.
All Egyptians used cosmetics.
They coloured their lips and cheeks with a red clay called ochre.
They painted their fingernails yellow or orange using henna, a plant
dye. Men, women, and children also outlined their eyes and colored
their eyebrows with a black powder called kohl. The Ancient Egyptians
thought that eye makeup was attractive and pleasing to the gods. It
also protected their eyes from the sun's glare and from insects.
Both sexes also wore jewellery,
including pectorals (necklaces), rings, amulets (good luck charms),
Check Your Knowledge Activity 6:
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