The other day I was talking with a few friends about the movie Last of the Mohicans. One of the girls commented that she really liked the movie because of a few scenes involving Daniel Day-Lewis and his loincloth (note: I did a Google image search for DDL in the loincloth for the blog, but, the search just came up with a bunch of random dudes in loincloths. Sorry to disappoint).
I had two questions after the loincloth came up in conversation: One, how exactly does a loincloth work? Is it just a piece of leather hanging in the front and back, with a string around the waist? Or is there something…underneath?
Two, whatever happened to loincloths? Why do we wear boxers, briefs, and boxer-briefs today instead of loincloths? Is there anything wrong with them?
After thinking long and hard about both questions, I’ve determined that there may have been some design flaws in the original loincloths, but I think a redesigned version could stage a huge comeback, particularly in today’s economy (note: I’ve been tacking the phrase “particularly in today’s economy” onto a LOT of sentences lately. Try it. Four little words instantly make you seem up-to-date with current events).
Thus, I present to you: The Urban Loincloth