Smurfed! Good, you're paying for real indigo dye, no phoney chemical dyes are used on this classic garment. Bullet-proof these hakama wear like iron and become as soft as a baby's…. Cotton used to be high maintenance. Everyone likes the breathability and wear of cotton but keeping the pleats could make perspiring in a tent of poly-tetron inviting. We've reinforced the front and rear pleats with stabilizers to help maintain the pleats for a better look - cotton has become a whole lot more convenient!
A: Defined by the proportions between upper and lower body. The front is made about 3/4 inch shorter than the back so that you do not step onto your hakama when you practice. Because we all feel comfortable wearing clothing slightly differently at the hips we suggest that while wearing comfortable pants that you measure from the base of the belt loop down the side of the leg to the middle of the ankle bone in order to determine correct garment length. Please remember that various companies use different templates so a size by one brand may not translate precisely into the same size by another brand.
Imagine a tropical climate where every fungi and mold thinks they're at Disneyworld. This was and is Japan. Warriors of old didn't know about antibiotics but they did appreciate indigo. The dye taken from a natural plant goes thru a labor intensive process that was held secret just like various martial traditions for generations to make indigo clothing. Injuries would absorb the cotton fibers laden with indigo which was believed to have antiseptic qualities.
About Indigo Dye
It is an incredible value when you stop to consider just how labor intensive indigo dye making is. The plants are harvested and boiled to release the dye. Huge amounts of fresh cold water are needed to keep the quality of the dye. The raw cotton yarn is then dyed in stages. The chart above reflects the changes in colors over a period of over twenty days not counting drying and rinsing and this is before the fabric is made into bolts and then hand tailored into the best hakama and uwagi in the world.
See our FAQ page for instructions on care. We also offer re-dying for your favorite uwagi and hakama that have been worn to that perfect comfort level that you want to make look brand new. Contact us for details.