A garment, usually consisting of a single piece of cloth, worn around the hips and covering the groin area. Traditionally worn in regions of the world with a hot climate. Found throughout North and South America, Africa and Asia. Different types of loincloth vary of course; loincloths worn by Indians in North America were often of leather, the Aztecs made theirs from a cotton-like cloth made from cactus fiber. In Japan, all classes once wore loincloths, the farmers wore theirs as outer wear while wading in the rice paddies, and the nobles wore theirs as underwear, under their bakama (loose-fitting trousers) and kimono.
The loincloth was made from pressed cactus fiber cloth.