Comparison between Egyptian and Anglo-Saxon textiles
|Criteria||Egyptian Textiles||Anglo-Saxon Textiles|
|Materials||- Linen - this fabric was made from flax plant fibers which grows in Egypt, and
produces a light fabric which is appropriate for hot the climate
- Egyptians considered wool to be impure, and priests were not allowed to wear it.
|- Wool - a warm material that has natural oils that repel moisture, this fabric was appropriate for the cold humid climate|
|Garments||Hot Climate - Egyptian clothes consisted of simple kilts and kalasaris, covering small parts of the body||Cold Climate - Thick long clothes covering the entire body, gloves, socks and hats|
|Workshops||Common people only bought clothes occasionally|
- Manufacturing of textiles and garment making was performed in spinning and weaving shops
- Some of the market scenes found in tombs of the Old Kingdom show the selling of linen.
|Common people were in permanent need of heavy clothes
- textiles were produced domestically in Anglo-Saxon houses
- All common women and men were involved in this industry, which played an important part in daily life
|Role in life||- Clothing was not important for surviving in the hot climate, in fact children and servants were fully naked.||- Production and wearing of heavy wool clothes was essential for surviving the cold weather|