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Ancient Egypt


Russell, Douglas Costume History and Style; Chapter 2 pp.11-27


Ankh:Decorative piece symbolizing Life, in the shape of a cross set on a circular handle and appearing on the crown or carried in the hand.

Henna:Hand and nail dye, from a shrub or tree whose leaves gave a red-orange dye.

Kalasiris: A tightly molded, body-fitting sheath, which stops underneath the bosom, mainly worn by women.

Kilt: Pleated wraparound skirt worn by men.

Klaft: A kerchief that wrapped around the front of the head and fastened at the back of the neck, usually striped horizontally.  Later it was cut away so that it fit over the shoulders and was decorated heavily with beads, etc.


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