Ancient Egypt’s Fashion: The Old Kingdom Era

Egypt's Fashion

The ancient Egyptians were known to be one of the most exceptional civilizations in history. They left behind so much for us to learn from, and we have been studying them for centuries! One thing that has always fascinated historians is what they wore back then. The clothes they wore were very different than our own fashion today. But it turns out, there are a lot of similarities as well- which makes sense considering fashion doesn’t change that drastically over time!

The ancient Egyptians wore clothes that were made from linen, animal skin or a mixture of both. They mostly had to wear clothing similar to the climate- which is why we see so much wool in their pictures! It was also common for them to have two sets of different outfits- one lighter and more casual, the other heavier and formal.

The most important piece of their wardrobe would be their headwear; they often let peasant women go without hats at all while rulers could have up to three on top of each other! There are some pretty interesting facts about what royalty used fashion as well: it turns out Queen Nefertiti invented jeans back in 1350 BC when she cut apart an old pair of pants for her husband’s workman.

There are many theories as to what the pharaohs wore for leisure time: some sources say they would wear a simple loincloth of linen, while others believe that they were clothed in animal skins and colorfully decorated with gold or silver. When not adorned lavishly, it is said that their clothing was often plain white Sheets from all around Egypt have been found preserved and so we know exactly how their textiles looked like–and these beautiful pieces definitely weren’t meant only for kings!

The Old Kingdom era of Ancient Egypt had a number of different fashions that ranged from styles for men, women, and children. The most common trend was to dress in linen which is made out of flax plant fibers so they would have been wearing clothing made with natural textiles rather than synthetics or animal hair such as wool. Apart from the linens, there were also robes worn by people who could afford them which might be decorated with colorful stripes and designs on top but then this wasn’t something everyone wore because it mostly depended on what their social status was and if they could afford it. There are also paintings depicting wealthy kids at school where we can see how fashion even played into education during this time period-the more money


What was happening with fashion in Ancient Egypt during the Old Kingdom era?

How does Fashion help create social hierarchies?

What happens when someone breaks traditional norms in regards to their sex or gender identity through dress?

How do you think individuals react differently based on their own beliefs about these topics and what is socially acceptable?”

What was happening with fashion during the Old Kingdom era of Egypt’s history?

As mentioned earlier, it mostly depended on one’s level of wealth as well as how they were able to afford such things for themselves and family members. This goes back to a time where clothing wasn’t something that everyone wore-it mainly depends on your status at the time and if you could afford it all. There are also paintings done on the walls of tombs that show how ancient Egyptians dressed for different occasions.

For example, in Ancient Egypt during the Old Kingdom (2600 BC – 2100 BC) era of pyramid construction, there was an elite class who wore garments made from linen and wool while commoners were forbidden to wear clothes with these materials. So what happened then? Well, eventually this created a social hierarchy where those people living at that time would have had different levels of access or opportunity based on how much they could afford. However, it’s not just about money-fashion also serves as something else: A form of self-expression. For instance, we know today that women wearing pants are breaking tradition but 100 years ago when this idea first started appearing it caused some controversy. There were people who felt that it was inappropriate for women to wear pants because they would be regarded as masculine which is not how society wanted them to perceive themselves back then, but there are also those today who feel empowered by the idea of breaking gender norms and see this act of self-expression as a form of empowerment.