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Help! Making a new loincloth

Hi everyone,

Hoping you guys could help with a couple of things as I try and make a new loincloth. I've made many cloths through the years, some better than others, but the main issue I've always found is finding the right material.

I should say that the kind of loincloth I want to make is less of a traditional, real world example but like something you'd find in a Tarzan movie or the like. With the right material and design I'm hoping to make something that could pass off as a movie costume.

I know basically that leather is the right material but other than that I don't know what kind or where to source it. Karsten, I hope you don't mind me linking to pictures on the site but below are some examples of the kind of thing I'd like to make:

This material looks to me almost like some kind of suede? These looks to more more like regular leather:

I have tried making loincloths from leather before but the leather I've had has either been too thin and easily tearable or much too thick, almost like upholstery leather, which often doesn't hang right and can be uncomfortable.

The best loincloth I've ever had was made from chamois, it was very strong and had a good weight without being too thick. The downside however is the colour. I know I'm being picky but I don't care for that yellow/tan look! I'm yet to see a Tarzan movie where a light coloured loincloth is used. Feel free to school me!

In terms of design I figure that the simple long cloth between the legs held with a waistband, a la Weismuller, would be best so I will need to find a long piece of material. That said, if you guys have any tips or directions for how to make a more complex movie style loincloth I'd love to hear.

If you guys have any suggestions or guidance I really would appreciate it. Even better, if you guys know exactly what I should get then please drop me a link. I should say that I'm in Europe if that makes any difference.

Apologies for the long post and thanks for reading!

Wishing all fellow loincloth fans the best of health and luck! And of course, eternal thanks to Karsten for this incredible resource!


P.S - If anyone is at all interested, you can see me and the cosplay/photomanipulations I make here

Re: Help! Making a new loincloth

Hello John and sorry because my english is not god enough to understand your request.
For my loincloth, I used natural lambskin but it doesn't exist anymore.

Here some links where I buy it.

Good work in making your new loincloth John.


Re: Help! Making a new loincloth

Hi John,

I have purchased leather loincloths from Ebay ... a few were used in films and were from the Western Costume Company. There is a seller who I have a link for under the marketplace section of the site called Debbie's Leather who makes leather loincloths. (I guess the Indian Trading Company is no longer so I'll have to remove the link.)

One thing you can do is connect two smaller sections of leather (the front and back flaps) with a brown fabric thong sewn to the inside top of each flap to connect them so as the loincloth can be worn over a belt or tied at the waist. This is how most of the Western Costume Company loincloths were made and they were comfortable and felt authentic.

Hope some other loincloth fans respond with some suggestions and thanks for being supportive of the site.


Re: Help! Making a new loincloth

When buying leather to make a loincloth, do not get cowhide, its too thick. The best is lambskin or deerskin, but make sure its not too thin, it will tear apart.

Re: Help! Making a new loincloth

Hi guys,

Thanks so much for your replies and guidance. I have a found a vendor that sells reasonably priced leathers in my budget but it has left me with a couple of other questions for you.

Does anyone have any experience with pig suede? How does the texture feel for loincloth use and how does it hang?

This vendor also sells lambskins which I have seen recommended, however in the pictures it looks a little shiny (for want of a better phrase). Is this the case with lambskin or just something in the pictures?

All the hides (suede and lamb) are listed at approx 0.6mm-0.7mm thickness - is this suitable? And from your experience what kind of square footage is best? I'd really like to have the loincloth be one long strip going between the legs and held by a waistband but I appreciate this could result in a long piece being needed.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy amidst this global health crisis and thanks again for your help.

Best regards