Consider the versatility of a sarong. Since it is simply a rectangular piece of cloth of varying sizes, it can be wrapped in many different ways on the body and can be worn by anyone of any size and shape. You should consider buying different sized sarongs that can be worn together to create many different clothing pieces such as swimwear cover ups, skirts, tops, dresses, shawls and scarves.
This garment is popular in tropical climates and makes great vacation wear. Consider practicing wrapping sarongs of different sizes around your body in front of a full length mirror. Wrapping instruction books are also available and it is said that these garments can be tied in at least 45 different ways. A smaller one can be used as a top with a larger one knotted at the waist to give the look of a long dress. Or, a smaller sarong can make a short skirt, while a larger one can make a long skirt.
Both men and women wear sarongs as swim suit cover ups. They are often paired with seashell and sterling silver jewelry. Knots at the neck or waist hold the cloth to the body. Clips can also be used to help secure it. These clips are often made from mother of pearl or coconut shell and has two large holes in it to allow the fabric to slide through for a firmer hold.
Consider your style and color preferences when buying a sarong. They are available in many patterns, colors and fabrics such as pastel mesh net and brightly colored batik prints. Some have fringes or other trims, although most have plain hems. Silk sarongs are especially luxurious and some can even be worn as wedding dresses.
These garments are so versatile that their use need not be limited to clothing as they can also used as a table cloth, wall hanging, furniture cover, beach blanket or curtains. The sarong has many different names in different parts of the world. The term is usually associated with Indonesia and other Southeast Asian regions such as Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines. In India a similar garment is called a sari and in Africa it is called a Kanga. In the South Pacific and Hawaii, it is known as a pareo.