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The word thong derives from Old English þwang. Thongs were used for fastening shoes, at least in the early medieval period, by wrapping the strips of leather round the ankles. They could also be utilised for securing packages of goods to be transported, for fastening items together and for securing dress accessories to the belt or girdle (see girdle: ante-1100)

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Gale R. Owen-Crocker, “Thong”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 24 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_639>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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