The tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, who died ca. 1322 BC, has recently been reopened to the public after ten years of painstaking restoration and the provision of climate control and other facilities to guarantee the preservation of the sarcophagus with the embalmed remains of the young king, and the spectacular murals that decorate the rooms of the king's burial place at Thebes, near Luxor, in Middle Egypt.
Not really known is that the rooms of the tomb, when opened 100 years ago, contained more than 400 garments and textiles. The textiles have been studied extensively by Dr Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, director TRC, and in this Wednesday morning workshop she will give a general introduction and discuss the woven, embroidered and beaded garments that were placed in the tomb to be worn by the pharaoh in his after-life. Some of these dated to the time that he was still a young boy, others were made for him when he had grown up. Many of these, if not all, were worn by Tutankhamun himself.
In this interactive workshop Gillian Vogelsang will discuss the various garments and textiles, and she will show photographs of the items and some replicas made in recent years.