For Teachers Home

KS2 Linen

Unit 2 - Uses of Linen

Ancient Egypt

People have been making and using linen for thousands of years.  Linen clothing appears in many illustrations from the time of ancient Egypt. Watch the following video clip and ask pupils to make a list of the different ways linen was used in Egypt.

Primary Focus: The Textile Industry: Mummies

In order to see this content you need to have both Javascript enabled and Flash installed. Visit BBC Webwise for full instructions

Pupils can use the search function in the Explore section of the British Museum website to find a variety of ancient objects made of linen. Encourage pupils to research how and why these were used by different members of Egyptian society for example men, women, slaves, rich people.

  • British Museum: Explore [external link: article]

Find out more about the uses of linen by visiting  the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum [external link: article]. The Saneco site [external link: article] also describes the history of linen. Ask pupils to use the site to list the characteristics/properties of linen and explain why these properties were so important.


or register to comment.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.