It consisted of a piece of fabric measuring 5 by 4 feet (1.5 by 1.2 metres) that was draped and held in place by pins and a waist belt, creating wide, elbow-length sleeves.
There were many ways of draping the material, but with most methods all the pleats and folds seemed to be gathered around a single point at the waist.
The growing of flax, from which linen is made, dates from very early times; the Egyptians believed that the gods were clothed in linen before they came to earth.
This reflects the fact that in any group of people—whether constituting a small community or a great nation—it is usually those with wealth and power who influence, and even dictate, fashions to other members.
The discussion does not concentrate solely on apparel but also covers, as appropriate, certain aspects of hairdressing, jewelry, and the use of cosmetics.
Little sewing was needed, being confined generally to side seams and, in later years, to armholes.
This draped type of dress conformed to that of other civilizations in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern region, such as Greece, Rome, and Mesopotamia, but differed from the styles of Persia, northern India, and China, where people wore more fitted, sewn garments based upon pendant hanging in front from the waist belt and a shoulder cape or corselet partly covering their bare torso. This encased the body from the ankles to just below the breasts and was held up by decorative shoulder straps.
Dress, also called apparel or attire, clothing and accessories for the human body. The style that a particular individual selects is often linked to that person’s sex, age, socioeconomic status, culture, geographic area, and historical era.
This article considers the chronological development of fashionable dress and decoration—that is, the attire selected and adopted by the leading members of a society.
The technique of using mordants, any of several chemicals used to bind dyes to cloth, was slow to come to Egypt, so most garments were white.
Instead, colour was provided by collar, worn by both sexes, was introduced early.
Clay figurines of about 2000 from Crete show men wearing a narrow codpiece with a belt or loincloth and bare above the waist.