31 March 2015

Return Of The Langot

Visually, India's langot loincloth is a cousin of the rokushaku fundoshi, but the similarity mostly ends there. The ties that secure the langot around the wasit make it more similar to the relaxed fit of the etchu fundoshi. As we'll see, the langot is a robust garment designed with athleticism in mind:








































If you would like to find more photos of amazing quality like these, I recommend searching flickr.com for the works of the photographers sampled above and many others. The rich oranges and reds of the langots, the red clay dust, and the toasted brown skins of the wrestlers all dance together in the ancient masculine art form known alternately as kushti or pehlwani.

You can learn a lot more about kushti at this great blog dedicated to it: http://kushtiwrestling.blogspot.com/

(...and if you're interested, I posted about langots once before, and I can't wait to post about them again sometime soon!)

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! I love the look of south asian men!!!

Shyc said...

Stunning collections especially love the pic of the young guy standing under the hanging Langots. Isn't it amazing how small they look when the wrestles have them on yet when they are hanging on the pole, they seems rather large pieces. Having made one for myself, I still find it rather skimpy and wonder how it could hold during all that tackle?

Anonymous said...

Intersecting. Here is a photo-story on how a langot is tied - is Fundoshi also similar?

http://www.sid-thewanderer.com/2015/06/a-desi-pehalwan-teaches-how-to-wear.html

Ryan Rokushaku said...

Fundoshi is a longer strip of cloth, without ties at the side. If you check the "how" tab at the top of the page you can get a tutorial of how to wear it!

Norrick Knott said...

I have known and liked langots since Greek underwear brand Modus Vivendi launched some, but I've never tried on an authentic Indian langot. I want to get one.