Archive for September 2010


Sep 29 2010

Using Sarongs for Furoshiki Cloth Gift Wrap

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Sarongs make excellent gifts all year round. Some sarongs are, of course, meant to be worn. Hand painted sarongs are meant to be displayed. Thrown over a table in the corner, draped over a chair or hung on the wall, sarongs have many uses, as we’ve mentioned in previous posts.

But sarongs can make a unique and special gift – as wrapping! It is eco-conscious to avoid the paper and tape that will just end up in the landfill. The Japanese have been using fabric to wrap gifts for ages. It is called Furoshiki. One of our favorite magazines, Make, has an interesting article on the Japanese government guide to doing Furoshiki. And there are several great tutorials how to wrap Furoshiki by Cut-Out-and-Keep.

Furoshiki for books

Furoshiki for books by cutoutandkeep.net

Furoshiki is traditionally done with a squarish cloth. Since a standard sarong is a rectangle of about 66″ by 46″ you can get several squares from the sarong with a few straight cuts, to wrap smaller presents. You can also use the techniques to wrap large presents using a whole full sarong or half sarong. Then the wrapping becomes part of the gift and they can enjoy using the sarong for years to come. You can also wrap a pile of gifts up in an extra-large sarong, for an elegant and eco-friendly presentation on Christmas morning. I like securing the bundle with a coconut sarong tie, which also adds flair to the gift for just a few dollars. And when summer comes you can use it to secure that sarong around your waist!

Sarongs are great raw material for Furoshiki cloth gift wrap, yet another amazing use for the sarong.


Sep 14 2010

Is it called a Sarong or a Pareo?

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It depends on where you happen to be!

Sarong (pronounced “suh-wrong”) comes from the Malaysian language meaning “covering” and it used to describe any wrap with an Indonesian design. The wrapped garment used throughout Indonesia and Malaysia was first imported to the Western world along with spices and other products in the 16th century.

Tahitian Style Pareo

Tahitian Style Pareo

Pareo, pa-u, or pareu (often pronounced “puh-rey-oh) are Tahitian words for a wrap sarong. Pareos can feature hand drawn designs but are usually stamped with fern, leaf, flower or tattoo prints. The traditional Tahitian way to print is to carve the design on a piece of wood, dip it in ink and press it to the prepared fabric.

Sarongs and pareos are typical of light, breezy clothing comfortably worn in tropical climates where sun exposure and cloud bursts are frequent. Indeed, sarongs and pareos offer excellent sun protection, and if the wearer is caught in the rain or wears them in the water, they dry quickly hung in the breeze or even while worn!

Whatever you call them, the variety of rayon sarongs from Bali is amazing – every color of the rainbow and such interesting and varied patterns and motifs including the Tahitian styles of stamped pareos. Many people who buy one sarong or pareo find themselves collecting a new one (or five!) each season. Not only are they great at the beach as swim suit cover ups, but they also help keep a picnic out of the sand. They are so light that they can be easily tied to a few trees or tent poles to provide a shady refuge on a hot day.

It is no wonder that sarongs have been in demand since Westerners first “discovered” them from traders coming from ocean voyages four hundred years ago.


Sep 7 2010

Men’s Sarongs

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Sarongs for men are gaining in popularity. In many different cultures and throughout time, men have worn these simple wraps, known by many names: Sarongs in Indonesia, Lava lava in Polynesian cultures, Pareos in Tahiti, Kangas in Africa, Lungis in India, Toga in Greece!

In US culture, the stigma about men wearing skirts is slowly lifting (pun intended), given the right setting. A guy in a sarong, walking down Main Street will still raise a few eyebrows, but on the beach, at the river, at music festivals and spas, men strut comfortably in sarongs.

One way that men differentiate their style of sarong wearing from how to tie a sarong for a woman is to tie it in the men’s typical method. Here is how Balinese men wear sarongs.

Start by holding the sarong behind your back

Start by holding the sarong behind your back

1. Hold sarong horizontally behind body with more length on right side

2. Fold left side over to center of stomach

3. Bring right end around to cover center and hold with right hand

4. Fold excess back over hand to form a pleat

5. Secure by rolling waistband over 3 to 6 times

For narrower wrap and thicker pleat, repeat, folding over hand before rolling down waist band.

Sarong with have a fold of fabric in the front when you are finished

Sarong will have a fold of fabric in the front when you are finished

Interested in men’s sarongs for sale?