In many Southeast and Far East Asian countries, the weather tends to be hot and humid. And long before shorts and boxers were invented, men typically wore colorful wraps tied around the waist. In fact, you can still find these short vivid wraps in coastal lands stretching all the way from the Horn of Africa to the isle of Bali and further east. The traditional patterns were yarn-dyed solids, tartans, and plaids, and sometimes stripes in every variety, shape, and color. These short waist wraps were originally woven on hand-looms and later on power looms. The wraps, also known as lungis and dhotis, were so comfortable that men used them for formal, informal, casual, cultural, and ceremonial wear. Most often the wraps were made in lightweight cottons but the finest ones were made in pure silk. And the best of these yarn-dyed silk designs were crafted in the south of India, in the state of Tamil Nadu, around the city of Chennai, formerly know as Madras. And that is where Madras Silk by Royal Silk still comes from. 100% Silk. Imported. Hand washable. Sizes S (30-32"), M (33-34"), L (35-36"), XL (37-38"), 2XL (39-40"), and 3XL (41-42").