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Monday, September 26, 2011

More fun with Lungis

Some longtime readers may recall an earlier post I wrote about man-skirts, er, I mean Lungis.

For those who didn't read that post (and who can't be bothered to go read it now), I have become a big fan of the Indian wrap-around cotton garment known as a Lungi.  I don't wear it out of the house, mind you... I just find it incredibly comfortable for sleeping and for puttering around the house on hot days.

While I was in India over the past two weeks, I availed myself of the excellent selection of Lungis and added to my small collection.

They come as a 2 (or 2.5) meter piece of colorful cotton fabric, and you have to take it to a roadside stand where a guy with a foot-treadle-operated sewing machine will stitch the ends together so you end up with a nice neat loop of fabric.

[Cute aside: One morning while I was in India, the hotel maid came to make up my room while I was still there. I answered the door wearing a Lungi and she nearly squealed with delight. She said she'd never seen a foreigner wearing a Lungi before, and that she never understood why everyone in the world didn't adopt this sensible mode of dress. I have a feeling that within seconds of her leaving my room, the entire staff had heard the story.]

When I got home on Friday, the first thing I did (after kissing my wife and kids, of course) was to get into one of my new Lungis.

Later that day, a close friend wandered over to drop off something he'd borrowed, and upon seeing my Lungi, asked "What is that?".  I explained the concept, origin and background.. and he was intrigued.  So much so, that he immediately asked why I hadn't brought him back one.

As you may know, I'm a giver.  So I gave him one of mine... and he immediately stripped down and put it on. 

When I asked him why he hadn't waited until he got home to try  it on, he gave an answer that warmed my heart:  He said, "because my daughter is waiting out in the car, and this is going to embarrass the hell out of her!".

There's a reason we're friends.  :-)

Posted by David Bogner on September 26, 2011 | Permalink

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OK, Trepp. I took the time to read the old post (where I was sure you were either modeling the Utilikilt, or were the man in Lungi2 photo :-)

OK, let's see some photos of you in the Lungi -- preferably while taking one of your kids on a ride on the scooter! :-D

Posted by: ProphetJoe | Sep 26, 2011 6:54:20 PM

OK, Trepp. I took the time to read the old post (where I was sure you were either modeling the Utilikilt, or were the man in Lungi2 photo :-)

OK, let's see some photos of you in the Lungi -- preferably while taking one of your kids on a ride on the scooter! :-D

Posted by: ProphetJoe | Sep 26, 2011 6:54:20 PM

Birds of a feather.... You made me laugh out loud!!!

Posted by: Val | Sep 26, 2011 7:22:51 PM

Birds of a feather.... You made me laugh out loud!!!

Posted by: Val | Sep 26, 2011 7:22:54 PM

As the father of three daughters, one of whom is 15, I have to heartily commend your friend! One of our sworn duties as fathers is to embarrass our progeny, especially when they are teenagers!

Posted by: Jake | Sep 26, 2011 8:47:38 PM

Whem I was kid,I took a pair my father`s old torn Bermudas and made some alterations into a sort of Lungi to wear around the house on hot days.Very comfortable;my father used to call me Gandhi.

Posted by: ED | Sep 26, 2011 9:41:15 PM

We want photographs! (I promise not to Photoshop them or repost them in embarrassing places. Can't speak for your other readers, though...)

Posted by: Elisson | Sep 27, 2011 4:57:51 PM

I posted this on my kids' Facebook walls, with a note telling them to read the entire thing. Your friend is my kind of guy. Shana Tova to you and your family.

Posted by: AF | Sep 28, 2011 3:21:12 PM

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