Loincloth?

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    Oct 27, 2008 3:46 AM GMT
    How does one make a loincloth. Halloween costume is the reason I am asking. icon_eek.gif

    Something that looks half greek would be nice icon_wink.gif
  • GQjock

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    Oct 27, 2008 10:35 AM GMT
    Two ways actually
    depending on how much skin you want to show
    the skimpiest is a very thin belt or string about the waist and a length of cloth goes thru at the front and back
    the next is almost like knotting a tie except the knot is around your bottom

    Step1
    Hold the strip up to your chin with your hand. Use the distance from your chin to the floor to determine the apron length.
    Step2
    Pass the other end between your legs and raise it to your buttocks, then wrap it around your waist with your other hand. If you are right-handed, wrap from right to left; if you are left-handed, wrap from left to right. Wind the cloth strip around to your backside.
    Step3
    Double the loose end over and pass it under the portion of the cloth between your legs. This should create a loop.
    Step4
    Pull on the loop to cinch the loincloth. This should create a "tail" in the back equal in length to the apron in front. Properly cinched, the loincloth should remain in place.
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    Oct 27, 2008 11:42 AM GMT
    GQJock....Model it... Please!!
  • kinetic

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    Oct 27, 2008 12:33 PM GMT
    Some burlap and some good scissors and yr in business!
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    Oct 27, 2008 1:48 PM GMT
    kinetic saidSome burlap and some good scissors and yr in business!
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    BURLAP? He's wrapping his fruit, not potatoes!

    Chiffon for me, please, but a woven cotton or linen works fine for the proper drape, the cloth just heavy enough not to be transparent (unless it's one of THOSE parties). New fabric may need an initial washing to get any sizing out to make it less stiff. Knit fabric will look bulky and tend to stretch, and be harder to hold up unless the belt method is used.

    I might argue semantically that a true loincloth is just a waist wrap no longer than knee length, and does not pass between the legs, as a breechclout does. But these terms have become very loose, and loincloth can now mean almost anything wrapped around the hips.

    GQ's second way sounds a bit like a Hindu Dhoti, though I've never been good at visualizing written directions.

    I'll likely be wearing the Scottish version of the loincloth, the kilt, for Halloween. And it'll be traditional with no underwear.
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    Oct 27, 2008 2:13 PM GMT
    I would stick with cotton or something a bit heavier, white would be good for a theme party, maybe Greek, but I would stick to browns, and wear a jockstrap, unless it is a kinky party, in that case send us the invitation!

    and here are a few examples
    Loincloth Evolution - 1 Pictures, Images and Photos
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    Oct 27, 2008 3:14 PM GMT
    Onetoughguy saidSomething that looks half greek would be nice icon_wink.gif


    We've been talking loincloth, but I'm thinking if you want a true ancient Greek look, you might want an "exomis" that a young Greek man would wear. It hangs from the left shoulder only, which can be flattering to a male chest, and is belted to show off a trim waist. A loincloth would have been more of the laborer's dress, and there's nothing that would make it noticeably Grecian to modern eyes.

    The traditional cloth would be white or natural linen or wool, but some modern cottons and cotton-linen blends can substitute. Just don't use bed sheets like some try, which are too thin and never appear authentic. You'll look just like some kid who dressed up in the sheets he pulled off the bed.

    The Greeks wore nothing underneath, but if that's a problem in your situation then a white thong could work. (Some jurisdictions require that the thong's crotch piece be at least 1" wide if you're in public, though I don't know who checks that). Here's a link to ancient Greek clothing:

    http://members.ozemail.com.au/~chrisandpeter/radical_romans/snorri/greek_clothing.htm

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  • GQjock

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    Oct 27, 2008 3:32 PM GMT
    Yikes !!!

    Did someone mention Burlap?

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    Oct 27, 2008 4:04 PM GMT
    If you want a truly Tarzan-looking cloth, use chamois. It's soft (if broken-in properly). As to the pattern, I'm not too good on that one...
  • Musclebucket

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    Oct 27, 2008 4:28 PM GMT
    For a contemporary twist, try using Mylar
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    Oct 28, 2008 1:29 AM GMT
    I found how to do it! I'll post pics when I actually make it ! THanks guys!
  • Snowpants

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    Feb 21, 2009 4:44 AM GMT
    Would you be still interested in posting that - because I'm looking to make one for a summer gathering.