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Costume of Ancient Egypt

Costume of Ancient Egypt by Philip Watson and Jack Cassin-Scott, from Chelsea House, is part of the collection at the Reading Room … another volume I acquired because I was on a search safari for particular information at the time.

Philip Watson Costume of Ancient Egypt from Chelsea House

“The costume of the peoples of Ancient Egypt is of interest and importance not only for its place in costume history but also in our understanding of the ancient civilizations.

The author, an Egyptologist, gives an outline of Ancient Egyptian costume from the earliest times to the end of the New Kingdom.

Two introductory chapters provide the reader with the essential background information regarding the geography, climate, and history of Egypt, and the sources of evidence as well as examining the materials and technology available to these peoples.

Subsequent chapters deal with the dress of specific groups such as the nobles, priests and gods, women, workmen, soldiers, and foreigners as well as the kingly vesture.

Each chapter is arranged chronologically and divided into sections dealing with the Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, and New Kingdom respectively. Where necessary, brief introductory notes are given in order to help the reader to place particular costumes into their historical framework.

The easy-to-read text is copiously illustrated with line drawings exemplifying the costumes described, all taken directly from ancient sources.

Here, then, is an ideal reference for students of the history of costume and fashion, for project work, and those involved in drama and theatre.” — back cover

Ancient Egyptian Costume

Ancient Egyptian Costume by Mary G Houston and Florence S Hornblower, from Dar Al-Fergiani, is part of the collection at the Reading Room. When I purchased this 15 years ago(!) it wasn’t available anywhere I could find in the US but I managed to order it through Amazon UK … a very thin little volume, it turns out, which I presume is a reprint from the publisher in Egypt. But, I was on a search safari for particular information at the time.

Mary G Houston Florence S Hornblower Ancient Egyptian Costume from Dar Al-Fergiani

“If this work is to be kept within its limitations, it is naturally impossible to give a complete survey of all the varieties of the various styles. To get this knowledge it will be necessary to consult the works of reference, of which lists are given in each section. On the other hand, the special aspect of the work is more fully treated than in any other accessible book upon the subject.

Every illustration of costume given has been actually cut out and made before being ketched, except in a few cases which are of the nature of duplicates, so that by following the directions given it will be easy for anyone to reproduce them in material. Where decoration is required, the exact drawing and colouring of the various styles of Historic Ornament, which are the work of F. S. Hornblower (who has coloured the costumes where necessary) will enable such details to be appropriately applied.

Throughout the book, the illustrations are given by means of facsimiles of drawings by artists of the various centuries, so that a historic survey of the History of Figure Drawing will be included. Where the drawings of primitive artists do not clearly express the ideas intended to be conveyed, a modern drawing of the garment on a dress-stand will be used for explanation of the measured drawings of the cut-out garments. The growing appreciation of the beauty and value of the earlier and more primitive systems of cutting shown in modern dress designing for the last decade, when the so-called Magyar blouse (really the simple tunic common to all primitive folk) began to be popular, will make the present volume a convenient form of inspiration for designers: also, where more exact reproduction is needed, as in theatrical work, pageantry, and so forth, the careful working out of the details of cut and decoration will expedite production and save hours of fruitless searching in reference libraries.” — from the Introduction

Hubble scarves from Slow Factory

Here’s a collection of 54″ silk or silk/cotton scarves screen printed with images from the Hubble Space Telescope that certainly remind me of Nuit and Star Goddesses.

Slow Factory's Mystic Mountain in Infrared scarf
‘Mystic Mountain’ in Infrared

 

Slow Factory's Witch Head Brews Baby Stars scarf
‘Witch Head’ brews Baby Stars

 

Slow Factory's Horsehead Nebula scarf
Horsehead Nebula

 

Slow Factory Tarantula Nebula scarf
Tarantula Nebula