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Old 05-23-2022, 08:17 AM   #26
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Re: Return of the hemp gi?

Have there been any more people with experiences on the jenddesigns gi or hakama? The site doesn't have very many pictures. I'm intrigued by hemp as a fabric for both. From the few images there the gis seem perhaps a bit too soft and unkept for would I'd consider optimal, so maybe not 'seminar smart', but perhaps OK for regular training. The hakama pictures are small enough to make it difficult to really get a feel for them.

Considering the properties of hemp, I feel it would be quite optimal for at least hakama. Indeed, it is much more historically true than cotton.
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Old 07-27-2022, 11:13 PM   #27
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Re: Return of the hemp gi?

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Have there been any more people with experiences on the jenddesigns gi or hakama? The site doesn't have very many pictures. I'm intrigued by hemp as a fabric for both. From the few images there the gis seem perhaps a bit too soft and unkept for would I'd consider optimal, so maybe not 'seminar smart', but perhaps OK for regular training. The hakama pictures are small enough to make it difficult to really get a feel for them.

Considering the properties of hemp, I feel it would be quite optimal for at least hakama. Indeed, it is much more historically true than cotton.
Hemp's drape is not suitable for the crisp pleats required for a hakama. Yes, as a keikogi top it can be a little unkempt but easily addressed by the upper chest and waist"modesty ties" sometimes seen on womens keikogi - for any gender or body type they help hold the top together.

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Old Today, 06:26 AM   #28
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Re: Return of the hemp gi?

I'm still thinking about this (my current gi trousers are pretty much worn through!). I noticed Jen D's gi and hakamas are a mixture of hemp and polyester. I tend to try and avoid synthetics as much as possible, both because clothing is the biggest source of microplastics in the ocean, and because synthetics tend to make me hot and sweaty.

I can of course check with Jen directly what percentage she uses, but does anyone have experience with pure hemp vs hemp blend and why one might prefer one to the other?
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