About my loincloth interest


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-- Background --

Well, to start with, my interest in loincloths is quite old. I've been into them to one degree or another since I was a kid, although my interests in architecture and science are older. I've long had a fascination for primitive tribes and early humans, and I'd always though breechcloth-clad American Indians were cool. I've checked out many such books from libraries over the years, and I enjoyed reading The Indian in the Cupboard when I was young. I've also been a bit of a fan of Tarzan and Conan the Barbarian -- though I mostly read nonfiction and a little science fiction and mysteries, the Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan novels and Robert E. Howard's Conan stories are some of the few pieces of "other" fiction I read.

-- Wearing --

When I was young, I made makeshift loincloths out of two shirts, before I realized there was a part that went through the crotch area as well, and not just flaps.

When I was in middle school, I made a kind of breechcloth out of some old, worn-out pajama pants by splitting one leg at the seams and crudely sewing the two halves of the leg together end-to-end to make it long enough. I used it to play at being a primitive tribesman in the privacy of my room. But my interest eventually subsided as other things attracted my attention.

Then, in early 2004, I discovered a website and a Yahoo! group devoted to all things loincloth (see the links page). I bought some fabric from a fabric store, made a breechcloth-style loincloth, and hit some trails. I've been at it every spring through fall ever since, though I mostly changed to a different loincloth style in 2006. I often bring a digital camera with me, to take pictures of the landscape and my loinclothed self in it (see the links page to get to the pictures). A new camera in 2007 and a tripod in late 2008 were both improvements in that direction.

I also go loinclothed at home most of the time I'm awake and out of bed, though I tend to forgo it in favor of jeans or flannel pants in the winter, and I usually go naked in bed.

-- Why? --

So why do I like going loinclothed so much? Well, it's not really a sexual thing (though it can be if I want it to), rather it's more of a comfort-and-appearance thing.

First of all, I think loincloths look cool. I admit I don't have the best body for one, but I could be worse.

More importantly, I find a loincloth to be quite comfortable, the next best thing to nothing at all. I also like to feel "in touch" with where I am, and extra clothing blunts that sense of touch and -- especially on warm days -- feels confining and makes me feel cut off from the world. (For similar reasons, I go shirtless outside most of the time when the weather is warm enough, and I like driving with my car windows open.)

-- On the computer --

I've also explored my loincloth interest in the virtual world. Offline, I made loincloths for my sims in The Sims 1. Online, my Second Life avatar usually wears a loincloth, and I've been aquiring some of the in-game loincloths in World of Warcraft (though only a few of my characters wear them much). I've found quite a few pictures on the web over the years, and I'm still active in the loincloth Yahoo! groups and the KLS forum (see the links page).


 
Updated Tuesday, November 8, 2011 (2011-11-08).

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