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Libya

Doran H. Ross

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Africa 2010

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As part of North Africa, Libya has shared a long dress history with its neighbors Egypt, Algeria, and Tunisia. Most of what is now coastal Libya was ruled by successive foreign powers, initially the Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans. They brought their own dress traditions, exerting temporary influence on privileged local peoples. The Muslim Arab invasions, leading to control of the coast and interior by 663 c.e., established more enduring practices; Muslim dress protocols were sustained by Islamic

North Africa

Fred T. Smith

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Africa 2010

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North Africa consists of Egypt in the east and the lands to the west, or Maghreb (the Arabic term for “the place of sunset”). Because of a rich archaeological record, a substantial amount of information exists on ancient Egyptian textiles. In ancient Egypt, loincloths and linen kilts with a belt were common items of male clothing, while women wore tight-fitting dresses or skirts. Women’s dresses became looser in the New Kingdom and were decorated with pleats and folds. Both sexes wore woolen cloa

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