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How to Make a Loin Cloth for a Male

Updated March 23, 2017

Loin cloths served as the primary male clothing in many ancient cultures including Native American Indians. Some African tribes still wear them to this day. Different cultures and tribes had their own style of wearing loin cloths, which included varying lengths, embellishments and fabric. Wear loin cloths for costume parties, plays or just for fun. To make a loin cloth for a male, all you need is a long rectangular piece of material to cover the genital area. Another option is to have separate cloths covering the front and back without covering between the legs.

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  1. Choose a fabric to create a loin cloth. Choices include leather, suede or linen. Another option is to use a sheet in a solid colour. Use a material that is comfortable and soft to the touch to prevent irritating the skin.

  2. Measure from hip to hip across the buttocks and add 1 inch to each side to determine the width of the loin cloth. The length is an individual preference and can be long or short as long as the cloth fully covers the genitalia area.

  3. Cut fabric into a rectangle shape, the width based on the measurement above. The length should be at least 60 inches. If creating a separate front and back, cut two pieces of fabric in shorter lengths.

  4. Cut a strip of fabric that is 1 1/2 half inches wide by 60 inches long for the belt. Alternatively use a braided cord that is 10 inches longer than the measurements of the person's waist.

  5. Loosely tie the belt strip or cord around your waist.

  6. Hold one end of the loin cloth up to your chin from the floor. With your dominant hand, pass the long rectangular fabric between your thighs from the front, being careful not to wrinkle it. Pass the fabric underneath the tie or cord in the back and front to produce the loin cloth flaps. Alternatively create separate front and back flaps by sewing them onto the cord or belt and then tie around your waist.

  7. Secure the belt by tying it to your desired tightness.

  8. Complete the loin cloth by trimming excess cord or tie belt and cutting or tearing the flaps to your desired length.

  9. Tip

    Hem edges of linen loin cloth or let them fray. Make wool softer by washing it in hot water.

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Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Cord
  • Scissors

About the Author

Cyndi Bass has been writing professionally since 2000. She specializes in writing about self-help, weight loss, health, credit, families, parenting and government assistance programs. Her experience includes ghostwriting for numerous websites, blogs and newsletters. She has worked in social services in the credit industry and she holds a human service certificate from the University of California at Davis.

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