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A brief history

June 22, 2020

Once upon a time, in the biblical garden of Eden, a woman called Eve strategically covered her naughty bits with fig leaves, since then different people have been working on the best possible way to cover the 'muff'.
Today we want to take you through some iconic years, moments and movements which helped in the evolution of the most functional piece of garment—The Undie.  

Timeline | Pic Source The Underworld.co

 

ROAR LIKE A LOIN
Fashion in the 1st Century CE was ahead of its time. A piece of garment called Subligaculum, somewhat similar to a loin cloth, was worn by Roman women. Thereby the cool gladiatrix look was quite a common sight. 

Subligaculum | Pic Source Trenyrkarna

In India the Langot or Kaupina, similar to the loin cloth was the first piece of underclothing for men, which later evolved as the Kaccha. The Kaccha also has religious significance.

 

SLIP IT IN
Around the 18th Century women started wearing long linen garments under their dresses/corsets. This garment known as the Chemise or Shift similar to the contemporary slip/nightie was the only form of undergarment in these times. 

 

 Chemise | Pic Source ADamselInDisDress

 

Both the Subligaculum and the Chemise were gender neutral garments. 

 

BEST OF DRAWERS
It was considered improper for women to wear anything in between her legs. Only around C 1800 women began wearing drawers; called so because they had to be drawn up and tied in place. The drawers consisted of a pair of separate legs joined at the waist. The crotch was left open for hygiene reasons, apparently 

Drawers | Pic Source Wikipedia

 

ALL TOGETHER NOW
Eventually the drawer's legs were sewn, making the garment much more functional and utilitarian.

Today a menstrual cup will come handy but wearing a crotch less underwear during one's period, seems dystopian.

 

WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN
Another cruel piece of garment was the tight-laced-caged corset. Eventually women activists started raising their voice. Elizabeth Smith Miller was one such activist, who contributed to the iconic 'Dress Reform Movement' by being the first woman to wear loose-divided-lowers in public. Around 1849, Amelia Bloomer a women's activist, helped the 'Dress Reform Movement' gain momentum and popularity by highly advocating it and soon the term 'Bloomers' was coined for 'loose-divided-bottoms'.

 Pic Source The Underworld.co

In todays times they could have been called #ProtestPanties  #FlammableFeminists

 

IN THE KNICK OF TIME
By the 1880's, some or the other form of insulation for the nether regions had originated. The word Knickers was commonly used to describe women's underwear in Britain. Originated from the word/name Knickerbocker. 

In the United States of America the word ‘panty’ was commonly used to describe women's underwear. Originated from the word Pants/ Pantaloons.

 

SHORTS! SHORTS! SHORTS!
Around the 1920's there was a visible change in the length of the Underwear/Panty/Knickers. The hemlines went up and the underwears started becoming shorter, down to mid thighs rather than down to the knees.

 

LAYERING IT UP
Nylon was invented in 1935 and was a remarkable entrant in the fabric market. The rising hemlines paved way for the rising sales of the Nylon stockings.

 

WAR AND PANTIES
The fabric Nylon was widely used to produce parachutes during the World War II. The lovely women at the war made smart use of the fabric from the left parachutes and sewed knickers for themselves during the war, which helped them a great deal in mobility. 

 

Since then the glorious undie has been ever evolving, the 70's saw the birth of the thong, though in the late 30's the scanty panty was used as a cover up for nude dancers. 

Thong | Pic Source The Underworld.co

 

The concept of underwear didn't quite exist in India, Globalisation introduced the modern underwear in the Indian marketCut to now when we have The Underworld.co for a whole lotta bun fun!

The Underworld.co creates happiness and comfort for women, not just pieces of garment. Underwear has remained practical and functional for men for years, but for women, it fluctuates from highly uncomfortable risqué panties to run-of-the-mill prints. Underworld.co is here to offer ‘wearable art’ apart from performing its ritualistic function of wrapping you in comfort.

 

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