Ever wondered why sumo wrestlers in Japan always compete in a mawashi, a belt like a loincloth?
As you may be aware, sumo wrestlers in Japan can compete in a match only in a Mawashi (まわし), which looks like a black thick underwear.
Let’s find out the reason for this!
What is a Mawashi?
Mawashi is a cloth belt wrapped around the body of a sumo wrestler that also functions as shorts.
These days, Mawashi is made of a silk only during bouts whereas while training sessions, cotton ones are used. During bouts, matching stiff fronds are hung from the front. These are called sagari. It is the choice of the rikishi (wrestler) to tie his mawashi tightly or loosely depending on what kind of advantage he would have over his opponent.