Costumes in Ancient Egypt

Costumes in Ancient Egypt

The ancient Egyptians were distinguished by thier skill in designing clothes for all social classes, this was shown on the reliefs of their tombs and temples.

The Egyptian Kilt (Shendyt):

The linen kilt continued in the clothes of the ancient Egyptian from the First Dynasty to the Fourth Dynasty and was worn by elite and nobles, but it became for servants and peasants after that. Thus, the nobles took on a new costume after the kilt lost its beauty and became common in the other classes.


The celebration's costumes:

During pharaonic era the royal and noble classes used to wear an excellent robe, which was intended for celebrations, such these ceremonial robes did not resemble the dress of the wide kilt, but rather followed an old style, and in fact, it was only an elegant form of the short narrow kilt, it was adorned with an elegant buckle, sometimes written on it the name of its owner, and sometimes this part was decorated with a piece of golden folded cloth, which gave it the appearance of an elegant and attractive dress.

The priests costumes:

It was forbidden for them to wear some fabrics such as wool or skin that is taken from living animals.They used to wear clothes of linen, and this was consistent throughout the ages, as Herodotus mentioned “they used to wear a linen robe, always taking care that it was freshly washed,” and the shawl was worn by some Priests are like the lector priest. The (SM) priest wore leopard skin, while the priests of Heliopolis wore the local leopard skin with decorations in the form of stars, which gave them kind of dignity and prestige. In sum, the priest's uniform was a long robe of leopard skin that the priest wrapped around his body and the upper part hung above the shoulder.


Women's clothing and fashion in ancient Egypt:

Women, from the royal daughter to the peasant, wore one similar dress, consisting of a simple robe without folds, and it was narrow enough to clearly describe the parts of the body.

 It descended from under the breast to the wrists of the feet, and was closely carried by two straps that passed over the shoulders. the dress and its suspenders were always of one color, mostly white, but sometimes red, yellow, or green.

 Women's clothing was decorated with rare drawings and had horizontal or vertical stripes or contained feather motifs, and the suspenders were decorated with flowers above the chest.


Dancers Costumes:

The dancers’ clothes were designed in a way that allowed them freedom of expression in the movements of the body parts, so they were either short to show the movement of the legs and legs, or they were sleeveless to show the movement of the arms and hands.

If the dancers wore long clothes with wide sleeves and covering their entire bodies, it means that these clothes are usually made of transparent fabric that does not obscure the movements of the body parts used in expressing the dancer, and these clothes were designed to match the type of dancers that were performed.


Children Clothes:

Children wore no clothing until 5 years old. Even though they usually wore jewelry such as anklets, bracelets, collars, and hair accessories. After  age five, they were start to wear dresses. A popular hairstyle among children was the side-lock, an unshaved length of hair on the right side of the head which was the symbol of Childhood in Ancient Egypt.