January 8--Egypt, Thebes, Reign of Thutmose IV, Fragment of Wall Painting from the Tomb of Sebekhotep. White cotton clothes were the only way to dress in Egypt. Even in winter it was too hot to wear anything heavier than thin cotton garments. Clare sketched the simple tunics of the people in the wall paintings in the Theban tomb and made herself sundresses and skirts out of the fine Egyptian cotton she bought for a song in the bazaar. It had taken a few false starts to get the fit right and to get the ancient treadle sewing machine to work but once she did those two things she was off and running. In Egyptian culture men were the tailors so it took a bit of stubbornness to get thread and buttons from them. None of them would even talk to her at first but Tom kept saying he was sure she would fight her way through and eventually she did.
Have you even noticed that the word "Egypt" is a pain in the keester to write? It's no picnic to type either. I'm off to shower, etc. because I get to go to work again. I might just have to stop to see LC on the way which means I have to get a move on to leave 45 minutes early. Toodle-oo!