Dressing Up Your Sarong with a Sarong Tie

In the West, sarongs are known as cover-ups for swimwear but in Southeast Asia, the Polynesian islands and in Arab countries, the use of sarongs is widespread and often worn as casual clothing. Sarongs these days are often colorful, lightweight and comfortable. Indonesia is the one country that is popular for a special dyeing technique called batik which leaves a beautiful design on the fabric. High-quality sarongs come with a higher thread count and often involve hand-painted designs, hand-sewn embroidery and the use of small pearls as embellishments for sarongs that are used for weddings. They are most often worn as skirts nonchalantly tied around the waist several times and then tied neatly. It is also worn as a dress, tied at the neck or over the dress creating a stylishly casual look.

In the past, securing a sarong around the waist, neck or over the breast area was done with a knot. These days, one has the option of using a sarong tie. It keeps your sarong securely tied around your body while adding a touch of detailing that adds style to your look. They can be made from a variety of materials including bamboo, coconut, and mother-of-pearl. They can be hand-painted, engraved, or inlaid. They are functional and fashionable and definitely add to the design of your outfit. The sarong tie is a must-have for anyone who decides to don a sarong, whether as beachwear or for a casual day out during summer.