T-front Thongs and Strings
T-front thong is a type of female skimpy underwear or swimwear where the string also reaches the front part. It provides no coverage while still maintaining the basic hygienic underwear functions.
T-front thongs originate to traditional clothes of ancient human cultures, where intercrural cords had a physical ground to protect the most sensitive and unprotected part of the women body. E.g. among Brazilian tribes such garment was called uluri, obtaining a maximum protection for the mucous membrane with a minimum of concealment. Among the Eskimo the corresponding intercrural cord was so thin as it was practically invisible.
Modern T-front thongs are usually built by strings only or with more fabric or lace around the waist. They are mostly designed to be worn as minimalistic underwear but some companies manufacture T-fronts as a swimwear for clothing-optional beaches. From the health point of view T-front cut brings (contrary to regular bikini or thong panties) no risk of blood and lymph circulation limitation in the groin vessels. T-front panties also minimize the groin chafing or irritation from repeated leg countermovements (walking or running). Some contemporary designs cover the string with pearls for decoration and stimulation reasons. A useful and interesting usage of the T-front thong is internationally patented urinary incontinence prevention by applying pressure of the front string to the wearer's urethra (see the references at the end of this article).
The names of T-front panties are different among different manufacturers or regions. Many manufacturers do
not make any distinction for the cut with a narrow cord in intimate places and
use the name thong or string. In German-speaking countries the name "overklit
stringp" or shortened "OK string" is used. The T-front name
itself is probably adopted from Japanese, where this cut (T フ ロ ン ト) is very popular.
The front T-front
cut is used for many types of panties. As the name of this
article suggests, it is most often combined with the thong or string back cut. The design can be quite decent so that when the garment is accidentally seen on the wearer's
body, the cord through the intimate parts is not immediately obvious:
Or, on the contrary,
T-front may be designed to be visible at first glance:
However, panties of the T-front style may be
designed as brasilian (half-back) or even full-back style:
Such panties are suitable for women who prefer not to wear a thong, but due to piercing in intimate areas can not wear panties with a wide strip of fabric between their legs. The T-Front style is also used for bodysuits and leotards, including the most luxurious ones - but we have a separate article about T-front bodysuits in our blog.
Contrary to some expectations, T-front thongs are not uncomfortable at all and the wearer does not feel them at all. T-front thongs can be considered as a future logical step in woman underwear minimisation trend.
Andrea S. (adopted from CACD Project Report)
pictures: Wikimedia, author's archieve
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• US application 20030229933, Georgina Nelson, "Fem," published Dec 18, 2003, assigned to Nelson, Georgina Victoria