Ancient Egyptians ~ 3,500-500 BC


How Fashion Defines Men and Women Through the Ages
The ancient Egyptians loved ornamentation, and all forms of jewelry, including necklaces, rings, anklets and bracelets. Jewelry was valued not only for its beauty and precious metals, but also for the magical and spiritual protection it was thought to give the wearer. Even the poor wore jewelry, but unlike the richer nobles or royalty, their pieces tended to be mainly decorative and non-precious usually just simple good-luck symbols or protective amulets.
For Men, the dress consisted of short linen kilts with a band of cloth worn over the shoulders. The richer, wealthier Egyptians dressed in lighter, finer cloth while the ordinary Egyptians wore coarse linen.
Dressmaking and textile manufacturing were mainly the females’ jobs. Many of the weaving workshops were within the wealthy, aristocratic houses of nobility. Thus, the perfectly form-fitted dresses for the woman of the house.
Women dressed in long tunics, and the wealthy women appreciated the imports from Syria of wide, diaphanous cloaks made of fine linen. The very poor, or servants, went about their work naked or clad in the simplest of loin cloths.
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