Sarongs are a versatile piece of fabric used in many parts of world as an everyday form of clothing. Sarongs are rectangular pieces of clothing, typically 3 by 5 feet, often used as bathing suit cover-ups, scarves, shawls, dresses or skirts. These brightly colored fabrics often feature fringes and designs that invoke the feeling of the islands. Many sarongs are handmade with a batik design that uses dyes and wax to create an individual and unique pattern on each piece of cloth. Sarongs, also called pareos, can be a beautiful addition even to a formal outfit. A simple sarong jacket can be created from a length of cloth and tied to create your own personalized look.

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Drape the sarong across your back lengthwise, holding the upper corners of the cloth in each hand. The top edge of the cloth should be lying lightly over your shoulders, forming the collar and lapel area of your sarong jacket. Stretch the fabric as tight as possible to release any bunches or wrinkles.

Work on the right side first. Release the left-side cloth to hang over your shoulder to free both hands. Tie the right-side upper and lower corners into a knot (loose or tight, based on your preference). You’re forming the right sleeve of your sarong jacket.

Repeat the knot on the left side by securing the upper and lower left-side edges of cloth. Tie them into a knot similar to the one you created on the right side of the sarong. This final knot forms the left sleeve for your sarong jacket.

Slip your arms into the “sleeves” for a loose-fitting, flowing jacket. Adjust the way the fabric drapes over your shoulders to accomplish your desired effect.

Tighten or loosen the knots on each side to prevent slipping past the wrists. The sarong should drape gently over your shoulders.

References and Resources

Sarong style tying instructions