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Use of loincloths
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In South Africa, loincloths in rectangular fabric of about 5.9 by 3.9in (180 by 120cm) are commonly used by women for babywearing. The two upper sides of the loincloth are tied above the chest with a double knot just like the two lower sides under the breasts. This practice which frees the arms and hands promotes activities and facilitates movements. Women use this system to carry babies from the age of 2 or 3 months and transmit this tradition from generation to generation by initiating the little girls to carry their younger siblings or relatives.
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