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3500 years of Textile Art

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This permanent exhibition of the exceptional textile collection of Katoen Natie, tells the history of Egypt in 5 rooms and 600 objects on display.

In the Pharaoh’s room you find among things animal mummies, mummy cartonnages, and fragments of the Book of the Dead.

After the suicide of Cleopatra in 30 BC, Egypt became a Roman province for nearly four centuries. In the Roman room you will discover unique fabrics, Roman glass, funerary masks and imposing sculptures.

In the third room you can admire colourful textiles with figurative designs, ceramics and other artefacts from Late Antiquity and the Early Byzantine Period.

The fourth room explores Arabian and Central Asian influences. In the 7th century Egypt was conquered by the Arabs, with consequent influences on Egyptian textiles. Figurative art disappeared and Arabic calligraphy became more and more important. The flourishing trade along the Silk Road also had an influence on Egyptian crafts. Chinese silk was introduced to Egypt.

But the star attraction of the entire exhibition is the impressive Tunic Room. It houses one of the largest collections of complete tunics and clothing accessories in the world.