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12 Stunning Garments Re-created From Piles Of King Tut's 3,400-Year-Old Laundry

Most people have seen King Tut's singularly awesome golden chariot, but they probably haven't seen the 145 loincloths, 12 tunics, 10 belts, two leopard skins, 28 gloves, 24 shawls, 15 sashes, 25 head coverings, two aprons, four socks, and 47 pairs of shoes he was buried with. In the early '90s, textile archeologist Dr. Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood rediscovered Tut's ancient Egyptian clothing in the Cairo Museum, and most of it was in the same boxes where Howard Carter, its discoverer, placed it back in 1922. One box even had a copy of The Egyptian Gazette dated six weeks after the tomb's discovery.

Many of the textiles were so deteriorated that their original colors and patterns could only be seen through a high-powered camera lens. Alarmed by their rapid deterioration, Dr. Vogelsang-Eastwood organized two teams of international experts to reproduce 36 of Tut's garments using ancient methods. The Weaving School in Borås, Sweden, produced the linen cloth, while all embroidery, printing, and beadwork was completed at the Stitching Textile Research Centre in Leiden, Netherlands.

These clothes exemplify how the boy king was prepared to turn heads in the afterlife.

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