Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ancient-Egyptian-Textiles-Quest

Ancient-Egyptian-Textiles-Quest

Sorry to bomb you with an e-mail question you probably have no knowledge of, but if you know of an instructor in your organizations that has knowledge of this type information please pass it along if they have a response.

In the very early images of ancient Egyptians, they do not appear to be wearing animal skins, so their clothes must have been made of some kind of cloth.

Other than looms, how else would they have made fabric?

When I look at the fabrics made by Native Americans and other cultures around the world, I see a wide array of patterns and designs. People who lived in the very same settlements had diverse methods used to use looms and the same weavers never made identical fabrics.

If populations around the world had a wide array of diverse patterns or methods in fabric making, it looks like it would be impossible to show what population came up with any fabric design.

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"The tomb of Chnem-hotep, at Beni Hasan is a painting of a loom with women weaving only".

Not only did people in the same areas create different patterns and weaves, but the same populations also create an array of different designs for looms.

What are the oldest physical remains of looms from ancient Egypt?

What are the oldest wall paintings of looms in ancient Egypt?

Other than ancient Egypt, I thought that looms were used through out Asia / Mesopotamia... before 2000 BC?

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The mythical Hyksos are said to have came to Egypt around 1500 BC and are credited with introducing looms to the Egyptians. In images centuries before the "Hyksos" period, Egyptians were not wearing animal skins.

It appears to me that Egyptians were creating clothing out of fabrics centuries before the "Hyksos" tale. What is the earliest period in Egyptian History that cloth making can be dated to?

What evidence exists that would debunk the mythical story of "Hyksos" bringing looms to ancient Egyptians?

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For a thousand years before the mythical Hyksos came to Egypt, the Egyptians had been trading and interacting with empires from Cush/Sudan, Turkey, Syria and Iran. The Egyptians could have brought innovations back from any of those lands, or in fact the innovations in those lands may have came from the Egyptians in the first place.

Ideas / inventions are like genies, once they are out of the bottle they can never be put back and any visitors from any lands who saw a good idea, would indeed take it back to his own turf.


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