We have, in the British Museum, actual examples of dyed wools and colored beads used in dress decoration. belongs to the next great division of Egyptian costume, which may be called the “Type of the Robe.” This illustration shows it in its simplest form—namely, ungirded. 5a, this garment consists of a piece of material twice the height of the figure and folded over in the middle; a hole is here cut for the neck and, in addition, a short slit down the front to allow of the garment being pulled over the head. To adjust the sash or girdle on Plate V., commence at the right side of waist drawing the sash downwards to the left and round the hips at back, next draw upwards across the front from right to left and round waist at back and tuck the remaining length of sash in front as shown in Fig. A very charming effect also of this pattern was a tunic entirely composed of beads, or beads and reeds, and worn over the garment shown on Fig. Several beaded networks of this type may be seen on the mummies in the British Museum.
To understand the quaint Egyptian drawing of Plate IV. 5 is necessary, which is a modern drawing of the same costume. The material is sewn up the sides from the bottom, leaving a space at the top for the passage of the arms. In this case the garment is left open down the sides, the front half is taken and pinned at the back of the waist, and the back half is drawn towards the front and girded with a wide sash measuring 32″ x 120″, as shown in Plate V. The third outstanding type of Egyptian costume may be described as the “Type of the Petticoat and Cape,” (the petticoat was sometimes worn without the cape). 12 shows another method of wearing a similarly cut but rather longer skirt; in this case there is no waist cord; two pieces of the upper edge about half a yard apart are taken in the hands and twisted, one is crossed over the other and tucked inside, the other is pulled up and forms an ear, as shown in sketch.
A moderm representation of the same type of dress is shown in Fig. This illustration is given as a type of Egyptian dress decoration, which would be either printed, painted, or embroidered on the garment. The striped decoration upon this tunic is suggested by the lines of another type of Egyptian dress— namely, the drawn-up skirt. We also find it on some ancient Egyptian wooden statuettes, the drapery being of linen while the figure only is in wood.
It might be considered that this type of dress more nearly approaches the skirt than the tunic; but reaching, as it does, to the breastbone and comparing various examples which, as it were, gradually merge into the sleeveless tunic which again merges into the tunic with short sleeves, the present classification will be found to be the most convenient. also first century b.c., is an exact copy of an Egyptian drawing of a woman wearing a species of tunic with braces (plan. The origin of the decoration can be easily understood by a reference to the drapery on Plate IX. respectively, are wearing dresses of the first great type of Egypt costume—namely, the tunic type. Plate III., It will be noticed that the Egyptian dress decoration is chiefly confined to the collar, which will be seen in wear on Plates V., VI., VIII., and X.
It can easily be gathered from the illustrations that the types of costume worn by both sexes were very similar.
The high waist-line prevails in feminine dress, while the male costume, if girded, was generally confined about the hips.
However, the older types of costume did not disappear as the new ones were introduced, but all continued to be worn contemporaneously.