Archaeology magazine reports on its interactivedig site that leatherwear in shocking hot pink was excavated at a dig in Hierakonpolis, Egypt. The dig team from London’s British Museum recovered what it believes is an entire outfit in patchwork leather– loincloth, jacket, kilt, and hair net. Judging by the loincloth alone, the outfit was to die for. And since it was found at a burial site, someone did. The team also believed that, although other colors of leather were found, ranging from beige and orange to brown and purple, pink was the color the designers were showing that Kingdom. In other words, pink was the new black of ancient Egypt. Based on tomb paintings, the team figured out how the intricate skin might have been worn to Studio Fifty-four Hundred Years Ago.
The wider part of the loin cloth was placed along the back and tied around the waist, the solid panel placed over the buttocks, while the rounded end was pulled up between the legs and tied in front. In the extant examples, the garment is made from a single piece of soft hide, often gazelle skin, with a wide band of solid leather across the top and the edges. Except for a solid rectangle worn at the rear, the rest of the piece is a mesh-work of cut-out slits, or, more commonly in Egyptian examples, large diamonds, producing a flexible, light, and certainly breezy garment.