Child’s tunic

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Child’s woolen tunic woven with human figures, animals and birds. From the Coptic textiles Collection. The Christians of Egypt are known as Copts, a term that derives from a corruption of the Greek word Aigyptios (Αιγύπτιος-Egyptian) in Arabic. The Coptic textiles have been discovered during excavations in the Christian cemeteries of Egypt and have survived to the present day partly thanks to the dry climate of the area, which helped to preserve them, and partly thanks to the Coptic practice of burying their dead swathed in cloth.