Re: Hakama fabric?
I have both a cotton and cotton/poly blend. The cotton one I purchased from Tozando and the poly one I got from Iwata. I prefer the cotton one. It was my first Hakama. Tozando tends to provide a wider cut to the pant legs of the Hakama than the Iwata. Since I'm 6'3" and about 210, it feels more comfortable around my legs. The poly one holds the pleats better but if your diligent about folding the hakama after wear, it doesn't matter. I've had the Tozando Hakama for over five years now and it has held up fabulously. I've never ironed either Hakama. Just make sure you wash it by hand and hang dry it.