Our impressions of what the ancient Egyptians wore have largely been shaped by modern-day films, but are these perceptions accurate? Or was the reality much more varied and complex?
The fascinating history of the colourful and intricate appliqué tents ubiquitous at every Egyptian social occasion.
Ancient Egyptian jewellery is famous for its beauty, elegance and colour; but what was the symbolic meaning of different colours and designs, and how did fashions change over time?
Over the past two centuries, Egyptian art has inspired jewellers to create works of great beauty, combining ancient fashion with a modern twist.
With similarly unusual shapes and multifaceted meanings, the protective amulets worn by the ancient Egyptians are not so different from those seen across Egypt today.
Created using delicate production techniques, the intricate beauty of Fatimid jewellery has long influenced jewellery production in Egypt, right through to the present day.
Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood is the director of the Textile Research Centre, Leiden and a specialist in Middle Eastern dress and textiles. She has worked for many years as a textile archaeologist in Egypt and is the author and editor of numerous authoritative publications including Pharaonic Egyptian Clothing (Brill, 1993), and Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), among others.
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