Lungis are very popular form of casual wear in South India. They are worn by all classes of people; Men use lungi as a casual home-wear in daytime as well as bedtime clothing. Cotton lungis are extremely comfortable to wear in the hot and humid climate mostly prevalent in south India. Many labourers and artisans wear it as the main waist cloth and a regular daily dress.
Lungis (also known as Kailis in Tamil Nadu, India) are quite popular across Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra states in South India. Lungis are popular in Myanmar, Bangladesh and Srilanka too. The standard cotton lungi is available in a variety of colors with stripes, checks or plain and also in white. They are mostly produced in hand looms and power-looms. The standard lungi is 1.15m in height and 2.0 m in length, when open.
While standard lungies are produced “open” only, they however become a confortable wear only when the open ends are joined and stitched to form a “tube” (like a skirt). However people in Kerala mostly wear lungi in open condition, similar to wearing a “dhoti”, “Veshti” or “Mundu”. In Tamil Nadu, lungis are worn mostly after stitching the ends.
The typical way of wearing a lungi in Tamil Nadu ensures a firm grip of the lungi around the waist and it does not get loosened like a “Veshti”.