Throughout this site you'll find many, many tips on how to make and tie your own fundoshi loincloth, based on an ancient Japanese design that's been in use for over 1,200 years. I've spent years gathering together and sharing as much knowledge as I can about the fundoshi, and it's been gratifying to watch the reader numbers grow and see more and more photos and other blogs popping up around the 'net featuring fundoshis. One of the pieces of advice I've passed on many times is that making a fundoshi out of satin or silk won't work, since the fabric is not "grippy" enough. Well, at least as far as satin is concerned, I was wrong about that!
My fiance had bought some black satin for a project that got scrapped, so last week I asked her if I could have some of it. I cut a wide strip about 3 yards long and looped it between my legs and around my hips, cinching the sumptuous fabric into a fundoshi... and... it worked! It stayed relatively secure, and it felt and looked divinely luxurious. This was a fairly thick satin so it was a touch bulky, but it felt great between my cheeks and cradling my tackle. The shiny black looked fantastic too.
Now I don't have the budget for silk, but I can just imagine how amazing a light silk fundoshi might feel. I can tell you that satin might not be suitable for strenuous activity, but it definitely works and I'm looking forward to experimenting with it more!
Does anyone else have any experiences with satin, silk, or other shiny, slippery fabrics? Alan?
Also, while we're in the mea culpa mood, I have fallen a little behind in posting up recent reader submissions! And there have been some really good, creative ones. So, if you have been eagerly awaiting seeing yourself in a fundoshi here, I'm sorry and don't despair -- feel free to send me a reminder e-mail if you've been waiting a long time. Things have been busier for me lately and I've let a few things get away from me. Please keep the great reader submissions coming! It's amazing to see so many people get taken with the idea of a fundoshi, and I love seeing the results of your fun!