What is the course about?
The Ancient Egyptians were famed for their linen, and the aim of this course is to survey their textile industry. The focus is on production techniques and the organic remains in the form of surviving clothing.
What will we cover?
Fabrics, spinning, weaving, pleating, standard garments, laundering. Surviving garments with a visit to the Petrie Museum.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- List the fabrics available to the Ancient Egyptians
- Describe spinning and weaving techniques
- Assess methods of laundering and pleating
- Discuss typical clothing items worn by both the elite and the poor
- Evaluate the presence of gendered clothing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to all, but an interest in Egyptology and/or museums would be helpful.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be a series of short tutor presentations, as well as group discussions and tasks. There will also be a visit to the Petrie Museum at University College London. Be prepared to engage in short readings / watching short video clips outside the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The tutor will be teaching a Saturday Day School in each of the three terms during 2017-18. That in the Autumn Term will be on Tutankhamun’s underwear.