This tunic is also known as the Tarkhan Dress.
It is one of the oldest surviving pieces of clothing in the world. Although it was excavated in 1913, it wasn't until 1977 that it was really discovered. How could this be possible? The Petrie Museum, where you can see this tunic, can tell you the story behind the Tarkhan Dress' discovery.
Things to think about...
- The museum tells us that the dress had 'been worn in life' - who do you think might have worn something like this?
- Why do you think there aren't many examples of ancient clothing left?
This Tunic is perfect to illustrate what life would have been like in Ancient Egypt, it is a great jumping off point to consider the kind of person that might have worn it and the different roles in Egypt.
Show Me has a lot of resources to help children and young people discover more about Ancient Egypt. Also The British Museum have produced a microsite that covers several Egyptian topics.
- Linen tunic with a pleated v-shaped neck and sleeves.
- This tunic is also known as the Tarkhan Dress.