30 March 2012

Wider Coverage

There might be some situations where you want your rokushaku fundoshi to have a little more coverage. I posted about the langot a couple weeks ago, which is one option from India, but if you'd rather just adapt your existing fundoshi, there is a simple way:


After you've cinched the fundoshi at the small of your back and let the apron portion fall from your shoulder (that you would normally wind around the thong and belt to finish the fundoshi), keep it flat and pull it backwards between your legs. Pass it over the belt portion at your back, tuck it in and pull it flat. It'll be against the skin, between you and the thong portion that you previously tied.


This works great for lounging, though if you're more active the back portion will work its way into more of a wedge shape. Not entirely bad, really -- it's a good look that strikes a middle ground between rokushaku fundoshi, mokko fundoshi, and a langot. Looks great in white as well as orange!

7 comments:

John said...

Very Cool. I had not thought of that. I'll try it today.

GearGuyNY said...

This might be the answer to the cold-weather in climates like where I live. It'll keep your butt a bit warmer, especially when working outdoors in windy, -40F weather. I wonder if a fundoshi would work in flannel....

LR said...

Fundoshi does work in flannel. It tends to work loose a bit easy. But tie it tight and yout good. I have not tryed this way yet. But when the flannel sheet I cut up is out of the wash I will try it. I am wearing fundoshi almost all the time now. guess I am a true convert.

GearGuyNY said...

Thanks for the advice. I'm a recent convert as well, although have a limited collection of material to use. The next time I get to civilization I'll visit a fabric store and pick up more fabrics and colors. I'll look for flannel or something else warm. Now that the warm weather is approaching, despite today's snow, I'll have to find some fabrics that work well in hot weather, especially when running in the heat. Anyone have any suggestions?

Fundoshi 4 All! said...

I think you'll find flannel a bit bulky. Another observation I've had about this wider seat style fundoshi is that it doesn't work out that great under clothes -- it tends to gather into the cleft of your buttocks. So I revert to the twisted thong if I'm going to be active, for longer term comfort.

If you have your heart set on flannel, I'd say make it etchū style.

As for warmer weather, this fabric is about perfect in every way: http://www.fabric.com/apparel-fashion-fabric-shirting-fabric-gauze-fabric-island-breeze-gauze-fabric.aspx

One colder weather option is to wear a lightweight fundoshi, like the Island Breeze gauze fabric above, with a pair of flannel boxers over them. If you buy boxers a little on the small side they aren't as baggy and they don't creep up as much. They behave more like hip-hugging trunks, and the fabric layers of the two provide great insulation.

The style above works best if you are doing something not very active, like sunning or lounging.

GearGuyNY said...

That makes sense. It's my practice now, like today, to wear a jock or thong and long johns under my flight suit when it's cold. Nomex doesn't breathe well, so I like something that breathes under it and need the support when things get physical.. I'm thinking it would be just as easy to change the jock over to a fundoshi. The loose gauze should wick away sweat well, and I can wear it in the very comfy rokushaku style I'm growing to really like.

Any other suggestions for a fundoshi newbie are most welcome, and thanks for developing this forum so that guys like me could discover it!

Fundoshi 4 All! said...

I feel like a newbie myself most of the time! I'm so glad you discovered this blog, and are enjoying wearing fundoshi.