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.
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.