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Tyrannohotep
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People here may have seen this wall painting from a New Kingdom tomb, which depicts men winnowing grain.

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But has anyone here paid attention to the wraps of white cloth that the dudes have on their heads? To me, they look suspiciously like African-American do-rags, which are supposed to protect their hairstyles.

Other than these do-rags (and the various royal crowns, of course), I haven't seen too many images of Egyptians wearing cloth wraps around their heads. However, we know they were really into styling their hair (most especially braids and dreads). And since plenty of people across Africa and the African Diaspora wrap cloth around their heads to protect their hairstyles today, I would think the ancient Egyptians would have felt a similar impulse to protect their hair (or wigs) too.

So what are your guys' thoughts on this?

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Interesting thread, but doubt it is similar to du-rags. Du-rags are not just to project hair but to maintain a hairstyle(for us males is maintaining our waves).

The headwraps the Egyptians are wearing seems to be mostly work related. Maybe so dust or other material don't get in their hair while they do their labor.

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quote:
Originally posted by Elite Diasporan:
Interesting thread, but doubt it is similar to du-rags. Du-rags are not just to project hair but to maintain a hairstyle(for us males is maintaining our waves).

The headwraps the Egyptians are wearing seems to be mostly work related. Maybe so dust or other material don't get in their hair while they do their labor.

Well, with all the Saharan sand and dust flying over the Nile Valley, I'm sure hair wraps would still come in handy for that.
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^^Yeah, but I THINK the Egyptians did have "waves" due to using some type of animal fat. So who knows?
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quote:
Originally posted by Elite Diasporan:
^^Yeah, but I THINK the Egyptians did have "waves" due to using some type of animal fat. So who knows?

Like this dude, apparently?

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^^^Yes.
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I think they wore head wrap, to protect their hair from the grain dust.

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