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Contemporary Fashion from the Land of Pharaohs
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Egypt is a country of kingship and divinity. Ancient Egyptians loved fashionable clothes and other accessories. Clothing style was simple and elegant. They took a lot of care in grooming their appearance, and their garments were designed, crafted, and worn with great thought and care. Their clothing style gave them a unique cultural look in history. Egyptians designed their clothes to be light weight so as to suit the hot climate of the country. Most of their clothes were made from plant fibres. They wore clothes made of linen throughout the hot weather.

 

In today's world, fads come and go for every season. But in the 3000 year old Egyptian history, fashion changed very little. During the Old Kingdom, people wore simple garments that did not require much sewing. Men and women mostly wore draped clothes, held in place by knots in the fabric, and waist belts. Their clothes were mostly white. Creme-da-le-crme people of the society wore long, pleated, and see-through robes. During the New Kingdom, fashion became more modernized, with elaborate pleats and fringes sewn in tunics and other garments. Their clothes became more decorated and complex. Clothes with intricate embroidery made its debut. During this period, the Egyptians were influenced by the fashion brought by Assyrians, Greeks and Persians.

 

 

 

Men from the 'pyramid land' were more fashion conscious than the women of their times. From the drawings, and fabric pieces found in tombs and other places, it is been found that men wore more than forty different types of garments. Men's fashion of the Old Kingdom consisted of a knee-length kilt. They were rectangular in shape, and knotted or fastened with a buckle at the waist. Kilts served various purposes, like indicating the age, and social position of the wearer. Over the kilts, men wore long pleated skirts with a pleated apron, decorated with a fringed sash. Robes were used in various designs, long and flowing. The New Kingdom fashion changed the look of Egyptian men. Application of dyes on clothes brought more colorful linen garments. Their kilt was elaborately fringed and pleated. Sashes and aprons were added to their attire to give them a complete 'fashionable' look.

 

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Published On Saturday, January 10, 2009
 
 
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