So what and where did the fashion statement of today, Beach Sarong, develop from.
The name sarong or sarung means string or sheath in Malay and Indonesian languages.
It is a large tubular or length of fabric worn around the waist, that is traditionally worn in the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, East Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and the Arabian Peninsula.
The fabric used is either checkered or plaid but depending on where you are can come in colorful designs done utilizing a process called ikat or batik dyeing.
Today you can even find them animal and plant printed designs on it.
Like you get different designs from different places you are in it’s also called by different names like Lungi in the Indian Subcontinent, Izaar in the Arabian Peninsula and a Beach Sarong in the States, Europe, and the UK.
From its humble beginnings as traditional wear by both men and women across the globe in mostly Muslim orientated countries to what is now a fashion statement on the beach for all the American, British and most European beaches goers
Often made from a thin light fabric called Rayon with decorative fringes on both sides and is worn as either beachwear to cover the very revealing fashionable swimwear of today.
As it is mostly worn by women to cover-up their very revealing swimwear, it differs from the traditional wear not only by this but by the design, size, and pattern as well.
These sarongs usually have ties, pieces of thin fabric straps to tie together to prevent it from falling down.
The men in the western countries that wear them, are usually influenced from the Scottish kilt or the lava-lava from the Samoan and the Polynesian cultures and are worn on the beach or at home as a casual and cool alternative to a short pants but also as a cover-up by the pool, on the “Nudey” beach or the new craze, The Cruise Liners.
So we see now see the major differences from the traditional ways of wearing the sarong to the now very fashionable beach attire on all the beaches of the “TO BE SEEN ON” found across the western world.
One of the biggest reasons it has captured the eye of the fashion world is the low cost of fabricating it and therefore the cost to the consumer is also very low.
So, go get yours today!