In Africa, the loincloth is used in several ways. But the most common way is to dress. Woven, coloured, decorated, embroidered, printed or simply plain, this piece of fabric is used by women, men and children, depending on culture and time, to cover hips on the knees or from the navel to the ankles.
It’s a means of cultural expression that encompasses tradition and urban life. It can be worn and design in several ways.
It's in sub-Saharan African countries that women and men are often found half dressed in loincloth.
During spiritual initiation rituals, for example, men and women also dress in loincloth. They dance around a fire by communicating with the spirits. This vision of a spiritual quest is very often maintained by the elders, who then pass them on to the youth to solve their everyday problems of everyday life or to bring them wisdom.