Textile production in Ancient Egypt
Textile production played a significant role in Ancient Egypt’s economy. The EU-funded EgYarn project will identify the main protagonists of textile manufacture (women, men, slaves or private entrepreneurs) and show how domestic and non-domestic production interacted in the New Kingdom. The project will analyse textiles, tools and fibres in order to understand production mechanisms; through the use of experimental archaeology, it will provide fundamental clues about ancient fibres, how tools were used and what qualities of thread and textile could be produced using these instruments. Furthermore, the project will initiate and design a European collections database of New Kingdom tools and textiles now stored in European museums.