An ancient bundle of rags discovered in an Egyptian tomb more than a century ago actually contained the world's oldest dress - but it wasn't spotted for almost 65 years after excavation.
In 1977, researchers uncovered a ‘curious,’ pleated V-neck shirt among the dirty linens, a portion of what was once likely a floor-length Tarkhan dress.
Now, radiocarbon dating has confirmed that this article is the oldest known woven garment in the world, dating back between 5,100 and 5,500 years.
The ancient linen dress is made of materials from the beginning of the First Dynasty, or possibly earlier, during the Naqada III period.
Radiocarbon dating conducted in 2015 by the University of Oxford puts its origins at 3482-3102 BC, based on a sample of the intact garment.
With pleated sleeves and bodice, the Tarkhan Dress is the earliest example of clothing that was individually tailored.
Other early historical garments uncovered by archaeologists were draped or wrapped upon the body, but this one is cut and fitted.