The pharaohs are always represented wearing crowns , but whether this is a pictorial convention or whether they did so in every day life can not be decided. On the other hand, silver was rare and was imported from Asia. The lower parts of the sides were stitched together leaving openings for the arms. Most of the clothes they wore were made of linen that was made from the flax plant. It is believed that the production and result were intentional.
There is no evidence that men or women wore any kinds of hats. This is probably due to the hot desert sun. Wearing a hat could make the person overheated. They did wear headdresses for special occasions. Many of the Egyptians went barefoot, but the rich are shown with sandals that are made from leather; poor people wore sandals made of woven papyrus reeds, which were a kind of straw.
If someone was very wealthy, they would be seen wearing a much better type of linen and would often add jewelry made of fine gemstones for decoration. The linen was so fine that you could almost see through it. It seems that the Egyptians do share some of the same things as people of today.
The wealthy were very fashion conscious and were always trying to keep up with whatever fashion trends would happen. Some of these trends were set by the royal family, while others were influenced through the imported fashions and things from other countries. On statues the straps cover the breasts, but in painting and relief the single breast depicted in profile is exposed.
The dress hugs the body with no slack. Also when women are shown in movement, sitting or kneeling, the dress still clings to the outline of the body as if elasticated. However Egyptian clothes were mostly made from linen, which tends to sag.
Surviving dresses consist of a body made from a tube of material sewn up one side, supported not by straps but by a bodice with sleeves. In contrast to dresses shown in art, such linen garments tend to be baggy, and would conceal rather than reveal the body. Children wore no clothing until 6 years old. A popular hairstyle among the children was the side-lock, an unshaved length of hair on the right side of the head. Wigs were worn by the wealthy of both sexes.
Made from human hair and sometimes supplemented with date palm fiber, they were often styled in tight curls and narrow braids. Jewelry was very popular in ancient Egypt , no matter the social class.
It was heavy and rather voluminous. The main reason for wearing jewelry is because of its aesthetic function. The Egyptians were quite soberly dressed in white linen fabrics, and jewelry offered a possibility for contrast. The Egyptian preference was towards the use of bright colors, lustrous stones and precious metals.
Gold was won in large quantities in the eastern desert of Egypt, but also came from Nubia, that was an Egyptian colony for centuries.
On the other hand, silver was rare and was imported from Asia. Therefore, it was silver that was often considered more precious than gold. The eastern desert was also an important source for colorful semi-precious stones such as carnelian, amethyst and jasper.
In the Sinai were turquoise mines, the deep blue lapis lazuli had to come from far away Afghanistan. Glass and faience glaze over a core of stone or sand were favorites to replace rocks because they could be produced in many colors.
The Egyptians became very skilled when making jewelry from turquoise, metals like gold and silver, and small beads. Both men and women adorned themselves with earrings, bracelets, rings, necklaces and neck collars that were brightly colored. Those who could not afford jewelry made from gold or other stones would make their jewelry from colored pottery beads. Wide trousers were worn as underclothing tshalvar or shintijan gathered below knee and falling to ankles.
The woman's kaftan was called a yelek. This was lined, with the neck open to breast and buttoned or laced along side seams for shaping. It had high side slit over trousers. Women would wear a shirt under the yelek, and a djubbeh or binnish over it. In Alexandria and Cairo, women would also wear the melaya luf - a large rectangular wrap worn for modesty, warmth, and used to carry things. Another headcovering was the mandil headscarf sometimes decorated with pom poms.
Among the fellahin a bag like hattah was sometimes worn. Tilke also distinguishes one with a looser fit under the arms eri and very wide version of the gallibaya called a kamis which was worn by fellahin.
While working fellahin would hitch up the skirt of the gallebaya and wrap it around their thighs. Trousers sserual were sometimes worn under the gallebaya. Over the gallebaya a kaftan often striped was worn. A kaftan is a full length garment like a coat with long wide sleeves open in front and often bound by a fabric belt hizan.
Egyptian clothing was filled with a variety of colors. Adorned with precious gems and jewels, the fashions of the ancient Egyptians were made for not only beauty but also comfort. Egyptian fashion was created to keep cool while in the hot desert. Egyptian clothing was made from locally-sourced materials—as were clothes from all ancient societies. Pastoral nomads created clothing from their livestock. AS one of the earliest agricultural societies, the ancient Egyptians wore light clothes made from linen. Egypt has hot and dry weather because so much of it is a desert. The ancient Egyptians had to have clothing that was not too hot and allowed free flowing air to cool their bodies. Most of the clothes they wore were made of linen that was made from the flax plant.