Do not attempt to clean the outfit, as most companies prefer that you leave the clothing care up to them. The state of the dress when received by the borrower is the state of the dress expected when the dress is turned in by the borrower.
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These basic garments with minor variations accounting for fashion, social status and wealth did not change fundamentally throughout Egypt's history. The robes worn by both sexes in Egypt were called kalasiris by Herodotus. Material and cut varied over the centuries, though the cloth of choice was always linen.
While the top could reach anywhere from below the breast up to the neck, the bottom hem generally touched the calves or even the ankles. Some had short sleeves, others were sleeveless.
The fit might be very tight or quite loose. They were often worn with a belt which held together the folds of cloth. An opening for the head was cut at the centre of the cloth, which was then folded in half.
The lower parts of the sides were stitched together leaving openings for the arms. Selket wearing a pleated dress. Ankle long dress with straps, leaving breasts half bare. Laundering They wear linen garments, which they are specially careful to have always fresh washed.
Herodotus, Euterpe , 2. And who was closer to the gods than the pharaohs themselves. Since earliest historic times the titles of "chief washer of the palace" and "washer to the pharaoh" are known, and keeping the royal clothes lily white was the duty of the "chief bleacher.
The laundry was beaten, rinsed and wrung by pairs of workers. By BCE there were fire-proof boilers in the wash-houses, and the hot water lightened the workload. Many, above all the poorer people had no access to facilities and had to do their laundry under at times difficult conditions. Washing on the shore of the river or the bank of a canal, which had the advantage of not having to carry a lot of water in heavy earthen pots, could be dangerous: The washerman launders at the riverbank in the vicinity of the crocodile.
I shall go away, father, from the flowing water, said his son and his daughter, to a more satisfactory profession, one more distinguished than any other profession.
He says disparagingly of the washerman: He cleans the clothes of a woman in menstruation. Even though the clothes of the Egyptians were lighter than those of Europeans and less critical to survival, they were careful not to ruin them, and when a garment got torn, it was probably the ancient Egyptian housewife who got her favorite needle out of her needle box, a knife and a piece of thread and settled down to mend it.
Garments have been found which were mended a number of times and finally recycled and turned into something else. The better-off put on wigs - perhaps just on special occasions. These grew to a remarkable size during the New Kingdom. The pharaohs are always represented wearing crowns , but whether this is a pictorial convention or whether they did so in every day life can not be decided.
Footwear Plaited reed sandals New Kingdom Picture source: The sandals were tied with two thongs and, if they had a pointed tip this was often turned upwards. The cheapest kind of sandals were affordable to all but the very poorest. Ipuwer in his Admonitions used the lack of sandals to describe the destitute who, in the topsy-turvy world of chaos he warned from, attained great wealth: The kings wore at times very elaborately decorated sandals, and sometimes decorative gloves as well, but generally they were depicted barefoot, as were the gods.
Among Tutankhamen's equipment there were 93 pieces of footwear. There were sandals made of wood with depictions of enemies on their soles, on which the king would tread with every step and another pair which was fastened with buttons.
In the story of The Two Brothers Anpu set out on a journey: Then he took his staff and his sandals, as well as his clothes and his weapons, and he started to journey to the Valley of the Pine. Among the oldest images of the dynastic period are depictions of the sandal-bearer of the pharaoh , and for the sixth dynasty official Weni this post was seemingly an important stage in a splendid career, mentioned twice in his autobiography. Sandals were very closely and beautifully stitched up of rush, and usually soled with leather.
A small bundle of rush was wound round by a rush thread, which at every turn pierced through the edge of a previous bundle. Thus these successive bundles were bound together edge to edge, and a flat surface built up. This was edged round in the same way. In basket making exactly the same principle was followed, with great neatness. The rush sandals soled with leather, leather sandals alone, and leather shoes, were all used.
The shoes seem to have been just originating at that period; two or three examples are known, but all of them have the leather sandal strap between the toes, and joining to the sides of the heel, to retain the sole on the foot ; the upper leather being stitched on merely as a covering without its being intended to hold the shoe on the foot. These soles are compound, of three or four thicknesses. During the New Kingdom there were times when some Egyptians seem to have taken to occasionally wearing shoes, as in a depiction of Queen Nutmose at Karnak.
This may have come about as an influence of the Hittites, with whom they came into contact at this time. Back  In the afterworld one put on white sandals to meet the gods, just as one did during temple services: In the monthly service, wear the white sandals, Visit the temple, [observe] the mysteries, Enter the shrine, eat bread in god's house For their crossing of the rocky Wadi Hammamat he supplied his people with sandals: He is called up for Syria.
He may not rest. There are no clothes, no sandals. The claim is repeated in a great many inscriptions with similar wording having become synonymous with rightful rule, e.
I am satisfied with victories, thou hast placed every rebellious land under my sandals which thy serpent-diadem has bound Back  Pliny's gossypium was cotton.
According to him it was grown in the south of the country. Snowman Last year my 3 year old was a snowman. It was the easiest costume so far! I bought white sweats, christmas socks, white keds tennis shoes, a cheap black hat, fake snow, mittens, scarf and black pom poms for the coal! I sprayed the hat to look like snow and added a cheap red bird from the craft store. I bought a white mask and bought a cheap carrot from the craft store and glued it onto the nose part of the mask.
I glued the pompoms on his sweatshirt and that was it. Cheap, simple and he was adorable. Besides he was the only frosty we saw! He also had to have white face makeup on!!
Cereal Killer Attach little cereal boxes to a shirt, cut a slit in the boxes, glue in plastic knives into the holes, drip red paint running down from the knife hole in the box. Ppaint face and hands same color. Grapes appear to be popular! Here is one from Jo: My fav was purple tights, purple long sleeves body suit I can't think of what it's really called , 12 purple balloons and a green felt hat. Balloons are pinned by the tied off end to the fabric in a triangle shape, 3 on top, 2 in middle and 1 at bottom on front and back.
I was a bunch of grapes and the hit of the party! Blow up all the balloons. Cut two leg holes in the bottom of the bag and two arm holes near the middle. Have your child stand in the bag and fill with blown up balloons. Safety pins signs to front and back of bag. Cut off excess bag around face From: Black Eye Pea When I was younger, a teacher from my elementary school dressed up as a "black eyed pea" and it was so cute, my mother dressed me up the same way the next year. It is simple and cheap.
Wearing all white, with black tennis shoes, I cut out the letter 'P' from black construction paper and pinned the P's all over the white outfit. I painted a black spot over one eye "black eye" Black Bat Using a black umbrella and tights, Rip the umbrella in half. Discard the center and innards of the umbrella. Butterfly Put on black sweats and black shoes.
Use a piece of poster board and paint wanted color cut them out in an appropriate wing shape. Get a green body suit and some green tights and on your head wear a beanie hat. Glue fake flowers to the beanie hat and maybe pin a few on your body suit. Also it's fun if you paint some flowers on your face and arms.
I found some cheap, fake Ivy and wrapped it around my neck and arms and presto! Your a blooming idiot! Attached the ski mask to the neck of the sweatshirt.
So that the "leg" could bend, I cut the length of pipe insulation in half. For safety, I bought some reflective tape and created a "design" on the back and front so that he could be seen. Obviously, wear black sweat pants and dark shoes.
Two years later, we took the legs off, added a huge set of black felt wings hot glued from wrist to neckline to wrist and used craft foam to make big black bat ears!! Light and dark pink felt , an old hooded pink sweatcoat, pink gloves, pink slacks, pink slippers. Cut out light pink felt into what looks like prairiedog ears. Place the dark pink felt inside in in the same shape except smaller.
Glue onto the sides of the hood on the sweatcoat. With the remaining felt,cut out a piece of "headfur". From the light pink felt. Put on and paint your face pink with a black nose. Ragdoll One year for my girls I had them dress up as ragdolls and I didnt have to spend a penny! I took an old sleeper and cut out the feet then I sewed patches in various places over the sleeper. I also sewed wide cuffs at wrist and ankles.
It looked so cute. For the head I used an old stocking cap and sewed strips of fabric from old clothes to the stocking cap. Then gave them red cheeks and freckles. It was a great costume and completely free. Wear sweat pants and sweatshirt if it is cold. Tights and a turtleneck if you will be in a warm building.
Take an inexpensive thin plastic laundry basket and cut a hole in the bottom that you can fit through. Make it small enough so that is "sits" on your hips after you pull it over your head. Fill basket with laundry and pin a few dryer softener sheets to your sweatshirt. Bubble Bath Take a white laundry basket and cut out the bottom, be sure to tape the cut edges with masking tape. Attach two wide strips of material white to front and back of basket these are the shoulder straps.
Put on your houseshoes, shower cap, and grab your scrub brush. My computer scanner, felt ,my computer's publisher and a little creativity made him the hit of the party! Paint it silver, glue on a few extras a presto.. Paint it red, tack on some paper plate wheels, and you are a race car. Paint it white and a handle and you will be a cool refrigerator. Paint it light tan, tack a small flat box. Draw on a keyboard, you will be the first walking Macintosh.
Wrap it in Christmas paper, add a large bow.. Paint it bright colors, and a crank. You can pop into the local Halloween party as a Jack-in-the-box.
Cover with table cloth, glue on silver plastic platter in the middle cut hole for head to pop through. Glue on a couple of place settings of Plastic dishes, and glasses. Now your head in on a silver platter. With colored construction paper add stripes and train number to sides, also add black train wheels.
On front make a 3D face with construction paper to match your train of choice. Attach a belt from a robe to each side and harness over shoulders.
Dress child up with a conductors hat. Dice Grab a friend and take 2 cardboard boxes, paint them white. Cut out several black circles From construction paper and glue them in the appropriate places to make you and your friend a pair of dice!
It's so easy, From: To make the key ring cut several large keys out of poster board, attach one to the back and another to the front. Spray paint the whole thing whatever color lego you want to be. We chose our colors based on what color sweats and turtle necks we had on hand Take a smaller box that will fit on top of their head snugly and hot glue one cottage cheese container and spray paint it the same color.
Just slip into the open part of the back of the box and stick your arms through the holes. Elliott and Danielle and Kevin and Angela and Kristie this one is real popular this year! Walmart or Kmart sells cardboard dressers in the laundry department.
Cut out holes for arms on the sides and hole on top for head. I put foam in the inside for the shoulders to hold it up. I painted the dresser and wrote on each drawer underwear, socks, ect. Hot glue a doily to top with hairbrush and hair accessories. Hang underwear, socks, shirt, and pants out of drawers. Put a small lamp shade on child's head so neck and face are base of lamp. Attaching long flat boxes on the front and hot glue small balls on the front for pulls. With a little thought you may come up lots of ideas that make the chair a natural part of the costume.
Here are a few ideas to get you started. Use plastic gems from craft store , old jewelry, Christmas garland to give it that "special look". Simply wear a cape of a royal color velvet looks great. Scepters and crowns can be purchased at most retail stores, or make your own! If an attendant will be going, they may dress as the mate King or Queen or as a court jester.
A variation of this would be to dress like Santa and have the attendant be an elf. Skiers have a bad habit of falling and breaking a bone or two.
This opens the door for a great costume. Just put on some ski clothing hat, scarf, Wrap a leg in wide white gauze to look like cast and if you really want to "ham it up" and you use a power chair, wrap an arm too.
Ventriloquist If you know anyone who has a ventriloquist doll, this can be a quick and easy one. You may wish to go with the formal look wearing a tux, or the casual look by dressing to match the doll. Remove top flaps, cut hole in top for head, and in sides for arms. For gift box, wrap box in wrapping paper, make a large bow and wear as hat.
To be a Jack-in-the-box, paint the box in bright colors, than wear a matching top and hat. Clown make-up will add that little extra. To be a robot, cover box in foil, then use your imagination to decorate. Again using a box as above decorate as you favorite vehicle. The space ship can be done much as the robot. This can be real cool costume for high tech power chairs and or using a vent.
Make Your Own Make-up You will need: Mix ingredients shortening and cornstarch. Separate the recipe into different cups, add food coloring.
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