How to tie a sarong or pareo

How to tie a sarong/pareo

A lot of people have been asking us about the best way to tie a sarong, sometimes known as pareo, lava lava, or longet, to name a few. There are several, easy ways to tie a sarong depending on what look or feel you’re going for. Here’s a video we made to help demonstrate five simple and fantastic ways to tie a sarong. For those of you who are interested, we have also included a transcription of the video below.

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Video transcription

For thousands of years many different tribal groups from South East Asia and the Pacific Islands have clothed themselves in a simple length of cotton fabric. This Fabric has been given many different names including Sarong, Pareo, Lava Lava and Longet to name a few. But the ways of wearing them are so many and varied, as to be confusing to the novice user. I am going to show you some of the simplest and most popular ways to wear this comfortable garment. Hopefully this information will help you enjoy wearing your sarong comfortably without a fear of a wardrobe malfunction. Here are five of the simplest and stylish ways to tie your Sarong or Pareo.

The first of these is the front knot. This knot creates a smart looking dress tied above or below the bust. Firstly, wrap the sarong around you from the front, and gather the two top corners together behind your body. Cross the corners over behind you and bring your hands around to the front of your body. Bring the corners together and tie them above or below your bust, whichever suits your mood at the time.

Another popular way to tie your Pareo is the halter neck knot. Nude Beach Sarongs are three hundred millimetres longer than the standard length, to allow larger women to use this method comfortably. First wrap the Pareo around yourself, from the back, and hold the ends together in front of you. Cross the two ends over and twist them two or three times, and then tie them behind your neck. This forms a very attractive halter neck dress. You can also add a sarong buckle to the first tie. There is no need to twist the end over before tying them behind your neck. Sarongs are a very comfortable and versatile way to cover up at the beach or around the pool. This particular style is extremely easy to wear and covers you enough to use when you go to a café or restaurant. Try wearing a small belt of scarf around your waist to turn your sarong into a short summer dress.

Our second knot is called the gathered knot, commonly used in the South Sea Islands. This is a good knot for the larger women to adopt as it allows the use of more fabric around the bust line. First wrap the Pareo around you from the back and hold the ends together in front of you, and out to the one side. Move your hands back along the cloth towards your body. Gather enough fabric together in your hands to tie a knot above your bust. You can wear this knot as it is, or pass one of the free hanging ends inside the gap under the knot, then back over the top, and fluff it out to disguise it. You can wear the knot like this if you like leaving the free section hanging, to give you a lovely fuller fabric to show off the print. If you want to go a step further you can now pass the leftover section back inside the gap behind the knot, and tuck it up from underneath. Pull the tail out from under your arm to finish off. This creates a ruffle effect which is quite flattering and looks like a big flower.

Our fourth knot is one for the ladies who want to show off their summer tan and slim lines with that expensive bikini. This one is called the folded hip tie. Fold the sarong in half through the centre of the fabric piece. Then hold the sarong against your body, with the design hanging down. This cuts the size of the sarong in half. Wrap the sarong around you so that the corners gather together on your hip. Tie the corners together to form a knot on the hip. This tie looks great with a strappy top or t-shirt, and is popular with the young women. It’s very simple and easy to wear.

The last knot I want to show you is a traditional Indonesian knot, which has been worn like this by both men and women working in the hot sun all day for centuries. Place the sarong behind your back and hold the top corners out to the sides at arm’s length. Then bring the corners of the fabric together in front of you and hold the ends together with one hand. This part can be a little tricky. Divide the fabric out in front you into thirds in your mind’s eye, while still holding it firmly with the other hand. Using the index and forth finger on the other hand hold the fabric one third of the way back along its length from the front. Fold the fabric back towards yourself one way, then with the other hand fold back the other way, like a concertina or zig-zig effect. Grasp the waist of the fabric with your first curved while pulling the fold tight with the other. Breathe in to give yourself a nice tight finish against your body. Finally hold the fabric securely with both hands and fold the top over itself three times. This gives a nice flat tie that is extremely secure, even if you’re not working in a rice patty all day. This knot may take a bit of practice at home before you feel comfortable using it. But it is a very good way of securing your sarong and can be worn both as a long dress, or around the waist as a lugi. Your Asian friends will be very impressed by your use of this knot and will ask you where you learnt it. It is a very smart way to tie a sarong or pareo. I hope that spending a few minutes watching this video will help you enjoy your sarong or pareo, much more now you know some simple ways to use it properly. All Nude Beach sarongs are made from the finest cotton voil and the prints are all designed in Australia, to reflect our casual lifestyle and the brilliant colours of the Great Barrier Reef. This has been a Nude Beach Australia production, “the love of sarongs and all things beach”.

Also, here are some step by step guides on how to tie a sarong or pareo:

– Gathered Knot sarong style

– Halter Neck Knot sarong style

– Front Knot sarong style

– Traditional Indonesian Knot style

– Folded Hip Tie sarong style.

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