Ancient Egyptian Children's Clothing

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Ancient Egyptian Children's Clothing
At some periods in ancient Egypt, tunics had sleeves. (Egyptian drawings image by Stasys Eidiejus from Fotolia.com)

Children in ancient Egypt, at least up to puberty, did not wear much clothing. In hot Egyptian summers, children weren't required to wear clothing, but in the winter months they wore smaller versions of adult dress as well as cloaks and wraps.

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Clothing Production

All clothing was made of linen, which comes from the flax plant. After harvest, the stem was rotted and the slender vascular bundles cleaned and spun into thread. Then women stretched the thread on looms and wove it into cloth.

Style of Boys' Clothing

For men and boys, the main garment was the shenti, a piece of linen draped around the waist and held in place by a girdle. Lower classes had simple, unadorned shenti. Upper classes had pleated shenti decorated with gold thread. Males also wore knee-length tunics.

Style of Girls' Clothing

Women and girls wore a simple ankle-length shift called a tunic. Women's clothing recovered from tomb goods have been described as "baggy tubes with shoulder straps." However, this was an advancement over just wrapping the cloth around the body. During some periods, tunics had sleeves.

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