In this case, "cache-sexe" appears to be the term used in those areas of the African continent that were colonized by the French, such as the region from western Mali to southern Cameroon.
The cache-sexe can be traced to the Paleolithic period, where stone carvings of fecund women, such as the Venus of Lespugue, depict panels of string fore and aft.
Not wearing a cache-sexe is a visible statement of a woman's inability or unwillingness to participate in social interaction, as when ill or in mourning.
Articles of dress with ritual power, such as the cache-sexe, are used to protect, if not actually conceal, the lower body against evil.
For example, cache-sexe created by the Kirdi (Fulani) women in northern Cameroon are skirts beaded with a fantastic range of colors.
Cache-sexe are used throughout much of West Africa and parts of East Asia, where the term modesty apron is more commonly used.
Cache-sexe are constructed of a variety of materials including woven fabric, leather, beads, leaves, and metals.
Female informants report that protection from the environment is the main reason they wear cache-sexe.
One of the oldest African examples of cache-sexe is described as a girdle from twelfth-century Mali.
Like the penis sheath, one function of the cache-sexe was thought to be modesty.