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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 6:06 am    Post subject: Ancient Egyptian Clothes Reply with quote

I was having a discussion recently about AE garmets and was wondering if anyone knew anything about them as information and pictures about them are hard to find.

cleopatra_selene here is a nice photograph of garmets that are not just white but have had colour added.

Incredibly beautiful. They make the person wearing them look so delicate, kind of like Japanese clothes do, don't you think?


There is a picture in the book "Reference Classics Ancient Egypt" David P. Silverman general editor of women mourners at a funeral all wearing blue garmets....this is all i could find of the scene and as you can see it shows only one mourner....

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Sheet of "royal Linnen"

From thebes, Tomb of Hatnofer and Ramose
18th dynasty, Year 6-7 of Hatshepsut

The tomb of Hatnofer and Ramose contained a variety of linnen sheets that came from the storehouses of Queen Hatshepsut, a funerary gift for the parents of Senenmut, one of her favoriete courtiers.

This sheet was woven of superfine thread that must have been spun from flax harvested when the plants were very young. The lenght of the cloth would have taken months of constant industry to weave.

This cloth must be that described by the Egyptians as "royal linnen", the highest quality.

the sheerness of the featherweight fabric and its silken softness lend credence to New kingdom representations of elaborately pleated garments that allow the contours of the body and even the color of the skin to show through. the cloth was repaired and laundered in ancient times. (Catharine h. Roehrig)

This whitewashed chest was one of three found in Hatnofer's tomb. Two of the chests, including this one, were probably made especially for his burial. They were filled with linen sheets of various qualities and weaves. Shown here with the chest are a shirt of fine linen; a sheet of superfine weave, probably used as an outer garment; and a sheet of coarser weave more than seventeen yards long, which may have served as a mattress. After it was packed with linen, the chest was tied shut with a piece of linen cord that was secured with a mud seal.

Tomb Tutankhamun

Sails, tunics and leopard skins types of textiles

The number of textiles in the tomb was impressive; over 740 garments, shrouds, covers of statues and textile objects like quivers and sails of boats models were found. Probably quite a few of textiles were stolen during the looting of the tomb, shortly after the burial. This explains the seemingly excessive number of loincloths: precious garments like royal tunics and sashes were taken away by the looters. It was not only the gold decoration of the garments which attracted the robbers. The linen of many tunics and sashes was extremely fine woven. With over fifty threads per centimeter, the decorative pattern of one of the surviving tunics has been described as "painted". This collection of textiles is the only surviving royal wardrobe of the pharaonic period.

The textiles found in KV 62

137(+5) loincloths
13(+4) tunics
10(+1) sashes
3(+1) wings
1 royal jacket
1 cuirass/leather scale armor
25(+7) shawls
2 hip-wraps
1 nemes
20(+19) khats
2 aprons
4 kilts
6(+2) pair of gloves
2(+2) pair of socks
4(+1) guards/archer’s pads
4+ leopard skins
1 portable pavilion
1 large pall
6 shrouds
2 quivers
4 hassocks
1 cushion
1(+1) bags
1 horse housing
3 sails of boat models
106 wrappings and covers of statues and other objects
316 rolls, masses of decayed cloth, box linings, chariot linings (x)=number of uncertain identifications


One of the most mysterious objects encountered during the research of the textiles, were short tubes of linen, with a pair of bird wings attached to it. Carter examined these textiles only shortly and described them in his notes as 'some kind of headgear'.

In many depictions of the pharaoh, protective wings are worn across the chest. In all these cases however, the body of the bird, mostly a falcon, can be seen slightly above the hips. It is unclear how these "falcons" are fastened to the body.

The wings found in the tomb of Tutankhamun were worn in pairs, the body of the birds resting on the shoulders, and with the wings across the chest and back. The tube section was in fact a short sleeve. Most likely the heads, and part of the bodies, of the birds were covered by a collar.

The conventions of the pharaonic art demand a complete as possible depiction of people, animals and objects, and especially important figures as kings, gods and protective birds like the falcon. This explains why these winged garments were shown lower on the body in the paintings and reliefs.
Link pictures wings

Tow leopard shins were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. One of the garments was made from a real skin.
The one on the picture was made from linnen embroidered to look like a leopard skin, two wooden leopard heads were found in the tomb.
Some pieces have been recreated using the original weaving and stitching techniques used to make the actual articles found in the tomb in 1922.

Many of the pieces reflect a surprisingly basic color scheme of the Egyptian monarchy. Various symbols are used to signify stature, religious importance and ritualistic use. Symbols like a night star or cobra head indicate the wearer’s social status, or an association of the individual with a particular deity. Reds, dark blues, yellows and off-whites dominate the color schemes of the garments. Leopard skins were used in articles for religious ceremonies and functions.

Tutankhamun's Wardrobe
Garments from the tomb of Tutankhamun
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