Pharaohs, the kings of ancient Egypt, were colourful figures. The images of King Tutankhamen (King Tut) show a headdress of dark blue and gold metal, which he probably wore while alive. Recreating pharaoh costumes for children requires ingenuity, an ability to sew and a lot of blue and gold cloth.
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Egyptians wore garments made of undyed linen because they were able to grow flax in their desert climate. Wealthy men and women wore long robes, although in some ancient artwork the pharaoh is wearing a knee-length linen skirt and is bare-chested. Linen is expensive, but bleached muslin is a passable substitute for your child pharaoh. The richer the person in ancient Egypt, the more transparent the clothing, something you will want to avoid in your child's costume.
No pharaoh costume is complete without the trademark blue and gold headdress. If you cannot find fabric that is navy or turquoise blue striped with metallic gold, buy gold fabric and a spool or two of 3/4-inch wide navy satin ribbon. Make a quick headdress by making a tube of the fabric two or three inches larger around than the child's head and 18 inches long. Hem one end of the tube and attach elastic an inch smaller than the child's head circumference. Sew on the navy ribbon if needed for stripes. The child wears the elastic mid-forehead and the tube covers the back of the head and neck.
In ancient Egyptian art, the pharaoh is often depicted with a large round decorative collar around his neck. Cut a large circle out of your fabric, large enough that the outer edge of the circle is at or near your child's shoulders. Cut a hole for the head and hem all edges. Again, sew on the navy ribbon to make stripes on solid gold fabric. The stripes should emanate from the neck opening like sun rays.
Men and women both used make-up in ancient Egypt. Eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara, rouge and lipstick are the basics for any well-dressed pharaoh, assuming your child is willing to tolerate them.
Egyptians wore sandals. To make your pharaoh's sandals more luxurious, buy an old pair at a second-hand store and spray paint them gold.
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