The dress of the men of the middle and higher classes consists of the following articles. First, a pair of full drawers of linen or cotton, tied round the body by running a string or band, the ends of which are embroidered with coloured silks, though concealed by the outer dress. The drawers descend a little below the knees, or to the ankles; but many of the Arabs will not wear long drawers, because prohibited by the Prophet.
|Egyptian Dress of the Male|
Over the shirt and the sudeyree or the former alone, is worn a long vest of striped silk and cotton (called kaftan), descending to the ankles, with long sleeves extending a few inches beyond the fingers’ ends, but divided from a point a little above the wrist, or about the middle of the fore-arm; so that the hand is generally exposed, though it may be concealed by the sleeve when necessary; for it is customary to cover the hands in the presence of a person of high rank. Round this vest is wound the girdle, which is a coloured shawl, or a long piece of white figured muslin. The ordinary outer robe is a long cloth coat, of any colour, called ... by the Egyptians gibbeh, the sleeves of which reach not quite to the wrist.
Some persons also wear a beneesh; which is a robe of cloth, with long sleeves, like those of the kaftan, but more ample, it is properly a robe of ceremony. ... In winter also many persons wrap a muslin or other shawl (such as they use for a turban) about the head and shoulders. The head-dress consists, first, of a small, close-fitting, cotton cap, which is often changed; next, a tarboosh, which is a red cloth cap, also fitting close to the head, with a tassel of dark-blue silk at the crown; lastly a long piece of white muslin, generally figured, or a Kashmeer shawl, which is wound round the tarboosh. Thus is formed the turban. . . . Stockings are not in use; but some few persons, in cold weather, wear woollen or cotton socks. The shoes are of thick red morocco, pointed and turned up at the toes. Some persons also wear inner shoes of soft yellow morocco, and with soles of the same: the outer shoes are taken off on stepping upon a carpet or mat; but not the inner; for this reason, the former are often worn turned down at the heel.
Dress of the Poorer Women, 1812
Dr. Charles Meryon
|Egyptian Dress of the Women|
Related Web Search :
- Ancient Egyptian Dress
- Ancient Egyptian Clothing
- Ancient Egyptian Clothes
- Ancient Egyptian Clothing For Women
- Ancient Egyptian Women Clothing
- Ancient Egyptian Clothing for Men
- Ancient Egyptian Clothing for Kids
- Ancient Egyptian Clothing Pictures