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Old 09-14-2003, 11:14 AM   #1
Steven Tame
Dojo: Hombu Aikikai /North London Aikido Dojo
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care of hakama and how to wear it.

I brought a hakama the other day and I have a few questions about hakama's

1/I tried to search on the net but I couldn't find information on how to tie the hakama. I found only general hakama information which they didn't tie the belt just folded one side 4-5 times and the wrapped the other side around in a cross shape. I can see this is not the way people fasten a hakama in Aikido,probably cos it would come undone when you take ukemi.....

I would ask at my dojo but the rules are women from san-kyu and men from sho-dan. However I'd like to wear my Hakama outside of my Japan dojo and maybe when I go back to England.

2/How do you clean the hakama,I heard you are not supposed to wash it... maybe it means machine wash...

In any case how do you hang up the hakama to air it so you don't mess up the folds?

3/How long is the hakama supposed to be? If it touches the floor it is too long,right?
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Old 09-14-2003, 11:29 AM   #2
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Re: care of hakama and how to wear it.

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2/How do you clean the hakama,I heard you are not supposed to wash it... maybe it means machine wash...

In any case how do you hang up the hakama to air it so you don't mess up the folds?
I use a lint brush / sticky tape and dry cleaning. It costs a little extra for them to handle the pleats, but it's worth it. All-cotton hakama could be washed, but I wouldn't recommend it, you'll lose pleats quickly.

Get a hangar with the alligator clips on it like the department or clothing stores use. That way, you can bring the front of the hakama flush with the koshita and secure with the clips. Again, worry about the pleats because they will fall out over time.

One way to deal with the pleats (very helpful with cotton) is to topstitch them. I did this on my old hakama, where you make a perfect pleat, then use strong black thread in a sewing machine and stitch the VERY EDGE of the pleat. I know, it's cheating, but I didn't take care of my old hakama.
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3/How long is the hakama supposed to be? If it touches the floor it is too long,right?
I think so, you are in danger of tripping, especially if the whole thing slides down over the course of wearing it. I had my hakama custom-made so it glides evenly _just_ above my foot, below my ankle. It is the best fit I've ever had, I enjoy it a lot.

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Old 09-14-2003, 12:01 PM   #3
Steven Tame
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Re: Re: care of hakama and how to wear it.

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I think so, you are in danger of tripping, especially if the whole thing slides down over the course of wearing it. I had my hakama custom-made so it glides evenly _just_ above my foot, below my ankle. It is the best fit I've ever had, I enjoy it a lot.
Yeah gonna have to attempt to exchange it tomorrow... the size I was sold was not correct I got a #26 when I needed a #24. What a nuisance,this is gonna be fun trying to explain this in Japanese....

Thanks for the washing/care info
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Old 09-14-2003, 02:27 PM   #4
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Here's information from Bujin Design on one way to tie (and fold) your hakama.

http://www.bujindesign.com/use_hakama.html

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Old 09-14-2003, 09:21 PM   #5
Lan Powers
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Say Jun........Any other ways to fold and tie that you could share with me? (off the thread I know)

Lan

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Old 09-15-2003, 02:52 AM   #6
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Learn to fold the hakama properly if you want to keep the pleats. Hanging doesn't help.

I cold wash mine without scrubbing (sort of rinse by dipping) and hang it to dry. But a brush for the lint would be really useful.

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