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Old 10-06-2003, 07:29 AM   #1
Zak Webber
Dojo: Oni Yuri Aiki
Location: Birmingham UK
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 2
washing hakama

Advice please ... I dread damaging the thing / losing the pleats. I know you can't just bung it in a washing machine!
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Old 10-06-2003, 08:00 AM   #2
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Dojo: Vestfyn Aikikai Denmark
Location: Vissenbjerg
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 801
I've got one of those part polyester part cotton hakamas (30%/70% I think). I stuck it in the machine and washed it alone. Then gave it a spin at reduced number of rpm's.

Finally I took it out folded the pleats, secured them in the botton with clothes-pegs, attached the top to a coat hanger and hang the whole thin up to dry in my shower booth. It seemed to work allright.

If your hakama is pure polyester, I think you could just wash it in the machine.

Good luck

- Jørgen Jakob Friis

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Old 10-06-2003, 08:30 AM   #3
Greg Jennings
Dojo: S&G BJJ
Location: Springboro, OH
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 1,125
If you're worried about washing in the machine, you can do it by hand in the bath tub.

I picked that up from Jun, I think. It works well for me.


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Old 10-06-2003, 09:00 AM   #4
Dojo: Aikido of Midland
Location: Midland Texas
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 1,652
I take mine to the dry cleaners. Sometimes you can find a discount dry cleaner. I've had my done as cheap as $4.
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