Clothing Culture

Dress in Egypt in the First Millennium AD

This is the first in-depth study of The Whitworth Art Gallery’s acclaimed collection of clothing from post-Pharaonic Egypt, most of which was excavated between 1888 and 1923.

The evolution of the shalping and cut of garments, especially tunics, cloaks and headwear, is traced from the late 3rd century, when Egypt was under Roman rule, to the 10th century, by which time it was an Arab state.

The weaving and sewing skills of the era are brought into sharp focus, as well as the distinctive styles, decoration and colours of the clothes.

Egypt in the first millennium AD was a rich cultural melting pot and this diversity was reflected in the dress of the people.

This book is lavishly illustrated with specially commissioned colour photographs and line drawings.

Researched and written by Frances Pritchard, Curator of Textiles at The Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester.

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