To prevent infection, a credit-card-sized pocket has been incorporated into the crotches and thighs of knickers. It is for hygiene reasons such as encouraging ventilation and friction prevention.
The small pocket inside the knickers of most women will be well-known to them. Its purpose is now clear.
For years, the pocket, which is often left out of newer designs, has been overlooked. Its true purpose was never realized by many of those who noticed it.
However, it is sewn in for health reasons and is the underwear’s gusset.
Gussets can be made with moisture-wicking, breathable fabric like cotton. This will ensure that your nether regions are dry, ventilated, and comfortable. Silver Screen Beat reports.
They are also highly absorbent and resist friction, which may reduce the chance of infection.
Synthetic materials, on the other hand, don’t provide protection against rubbing, sweat and bacteria - so the cotton insert is important.
Reddit curious asked the question on a forum. “Why do so many panties have that little bow on the centre front? Where did the tradition come from?”
One person replied: “As for the roots of the tradition? It comes from pre-elastic days, when your underthings were held in place by a bit of ribbon threaded through the eyelet lace at the tops.
“This is the place where you tie the ribbon.”
However, there is even more backstory to the bow.
According to another Reddit poster, women previously would have gotten up before the daylight and dressed in the dark or by candlelight.
They claimed the bows helped them work out which way round their knickers were supposed to go.
Today, the bows are mostly used for decorative purposes, though.