How did the geographic features of Egypt's location influence fashion during the ancient Egyptian era?
Clothing in ancient Egypt reflected the consistent heat and humidity of life along the Nile River, as well as the Egyptians dedication to maintaining differences in class structure and appealing favorably to the gods. Clothing was normally linen, made from flax, which grew in abundance along the banks of the Nile; the wealthier one was, the thinner the material, and the very wealthy wore linen which they kept snow white by basically sitting all day. In other words, white linen meant affluence. The poorer people dyed their linen of necessity, as colors were better for hiding stains.
Both men and women wore loose tunics that might be adorned with fringe or pleats. In the Old Kingdom, men typically wore short linen wrap skirts, while these skirts became more of a calf length during the Middle Kingdom, and were ornamented with pleats by the time of the New Kingdom. Children typically dressed as adults, although they didn’t begin wearing clothes until around age six.
Jewelry was another way Egyptians expressed their interest in fashion as well as demonstrated their social class; generally, the wealthier people had more jewelry that was more ornate and personalized, and often made from gold or what we would call now precious stones; the less affluent typically made their jewelry of beads. Both classes of people orchestrated their jewelry “wardrobes” in a way that they thought would please the gods by increasing their personal attractiveness on the earthly plane.