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a cutout decoration which adheres to a larger piece of material

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Since ancient times, Egyptians decorated their clothing and other textiles. Dyed threads or dyed cloth, printed fabrics, beads and sequins, pleating, embroidery, appliqué, and different weaving patterns were used to decorate textiles.

Dyeing of Ancient Egyptian Textiles

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Ancient Egyptians used dye made from either ocher, an earth made of rust mixed into clay, or plants to color textiles. They developed several methods to dye the textiles.

Decoration of Ancient Egyptian Clothing

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Ancient Egyptians used beads, rosettes, and sequins to decorate their clothing as well as braids and pleats. Garments might be plain as a backdrop for elaborate jewelry, but they also played a complementary role.

Coptic Textiles

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Coptic Textiles

Coptic textiles are categorized into fabrics from the Greco-Roman phase, the interphase, and the Coptic phase based on their artistic features.

Coptic Tapestry

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Coptic Tapestry

The Copts of Egypt were famous for making tapestry, one of the oldest and simplest methods of making decorated fabrics.

Changes in Decorative Styles of Textiles

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Changes in Decorative Styles of Textiles

The textile industry in Egypt used the same materials and similar decorations from the times of ancient Egypt through the Byzantine era. Decorations, however, soon changed with the influence of Islam.

Decoration Methods for Islamic Textiles

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Decoration Methods for Islamic Textiles

Fabrics in Islamic Egypt were decorated either with natural dyes or through printing directly on the fabric. Fabrics were also decorated with needlework, using threads that were more expensive than the fabric, usually silk.

Islamic Textile Decorative Styles

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Islamic Textile Decorative Styles

Islamic textiles were decorated with Arabic calligraphy, geometric compositions, plants, and fantastic creatures.

Woven Islamic Textiles

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Woven Islamic Textiles

In Islamic Egypt, fabrics were made and decorated by the way extra wefts, or horizontal threads, were woven into the textiles. These styles include Al-Kapati, damask, muslin, and Zardakhan.

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