Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Underwear



Even in the English language, these things are called by different generic names. The most common names for them are: Undergarment, underwear, underclothes (underclothing), and undies. But they are also called reg grundys (in Australia), smalls (the short term for smallclothes in the UK).

There are also specific names referring to the different types of this kind of garment. Those worn by women are generically called lingerie or intimates (shortened version of intimate clothing). I don't know if there is a generic name for those worn by men.

Undergarments serves a variety of functions. The most basic is probably to keep the outer garments from from being stained by sweat, and for those who live in the colder climate, to provide extra layer of clothing to keep warm. However, today underclothing is not just the basic essential clothing like in the old days. Their functions have developed to include those such as providing extra support, comfort, and protection for the vital parts of the body in in high-impact sports, shaping or emphasizing the body shape, etc.

The oldest underwear ever found by archeologists is known to be 7000 years old. Of course it doesn't look like anything we have today. It was only a loincloth.

By the way, I took the above photo at the King Shopping Center, on Jalan Kepatihan, Bandung. That's how vendors display the undergarments for sale in this market.

11 comments:

Mo said...

Very sexy

M.Kate said...

Salam Eki...oldest underwear at 7000 years old, I didnt know they wore underwear. Looks very much like our 'pasar malam' display here too.

uncleawang said...

Locally we name it seluar dalam.
But superman wear this underwear as outer garments hehehe...
Have a nice day.

Virginia said...

Eki,
Forgive me for LOL!!! You managed to take a rather provocative photo and add text that well..... served to make it seem very clinical-HA!! Good for you. YOu are a master my friend.
V

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JM said...

Very cool shot! :-)
Hope problems are solved with your internet conection.

ramblingwoods.com said...

Oh my...this was very racy for my morning coffee...LOL...

Dianne said...

they are dsiplayed the very same way here in states - at my local Target or Kohls or any other number of shops

great photo - very colorful :)

and the history of undies as well

Vannya Azzahra said...

Hem...I agree that when we have window shopping at King, the undergarments shop attracts so many eyes of the window shopper...nice post

Dina said...

I have to chuckle at the way you turned such a picture into a lesson. Eki, always the good teacher. :D

Catherine said...

Eh! you're a specialist,Eki !
"Lingerie fine, sous-vêtements" that's the way we call them , here in France.