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Not currently on display at the V&A


1920-1940 (made)
Place of origin

Man's linen underpants.

Object details
Object type
Materials and techniques
Brief description
Man's linen underpants, made in Egypt, 1920-1940
Physical description
Man's linen underpants.
  • Waist measured inside garment circumference: 85cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Outside leg length: 52.5cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Inside leg length: 25cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Crotch depth (front waist to back waist through crotch) length: 69cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
  • Hem circumference: 47cm (Note: Measured by Conservation)
Gallery label
Made in Egypt These finely sewn linen shorts were made in Egypt. Their cut and fabric are appropriate for the hot Egyptian climate. Loose shorts in lightweight materials allowed more freedom of movement than traditional fitted woollen underwear. They were popular with young men in the 1920s and '30s. Man's shorts Egypt, 1920-40 Linen V&A: T.258-1982 Given by Mrs H. Alexander(16/04/2016-12/03/2017)
Credit line
Given by Mrs H. Alexander
Accession number

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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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