Semi-Heavy Weight (#6000) Indigo (Aizome) Cotton Nobakama

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Hakama Embroidery Services

Hakama Embroidery Services

Available fonts (style) Kaishotai and Gyoshotai for Japanese, cursive and block for English.
Available colors 20 colors - the most popular for Hakama are golden brown and white.
Free transcriptions Write your name in English and select a "Japanese" font, in which case we will take care of the transcription. Note that several translations exist for the same name and that we cannot accept claims. (Please use the text field to add a comment if the pronunciation is unusual. If you already have a translation, please attach a picture). We only translate names or words, we do not translate expressions, such requests will be ignored and refunded, if not discussed prior to your order.
Limitations We embroider in Japanese and English only (no Chinese, Korean, etc.). For any special requests/logo embroidery etc., contact us prior to your order (otherwise, such comments may be ignored).
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Embroidery workshop & Japanese free translation (on site), Japanese embroidery on martial art equipment (YouTube) and Embroidery workshop transcription usages (Blog)

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  • This is the most classic position for a Hakama embroidery. Note: depending on the content (e.g. name + martial art) we split the content into two lines. Feel free to use the comment field for further instructions.
  • Japanese (Kanji, Kana): ~2 x 2 cm - vertical or horizontal
  • English block (capital letters): ~1.5 x 1.5 cm  - vertical or horizontal
  • English cursive capital Letters: ~2 x 2 cm / letter - horizontal only
  • English cursive lower case letters: ~1.5 x 1.5 cm - horizontal only
  • Max. embroidery length: 16 cm (depending on the length of the content, font size might be adapted)
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  • Embroidery on the outside (on the fabric) of the back plate of the Hakama.
  • Letter size: ~1.5 ~ 3 cm
  • Max. embroidery length: 10 cm (depending on the length of the content, font size will be adapted)
  • Only horizontal
  • Common content: Dojo name, martial art name
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  • Embroidery on the inside (on the fabric of the Koshiita), invisible when wearing the Hakama.
  • Letter size: ~1.5 ~ 3 cm
  • Max. embroidery length: 10 cm (depending on the length of the content, font size will be adapted)
  • Only horizontal
  • Common content: name, Dojo name, martial art name
  • A great option for a discreet embroidery.
Hakama Customization Services

Hakama Customization Services

Before opting for a customized Hakama, we recommend you to read our "Hakama Comparative blog article" and information provided in the section "How to choose your Hakama". Further, note that certain customization have to be made during manufacturing and delay the completion by ~5 weeks.
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  • Recommended for a hips/waist circumference of max. 100 cm
  • Measure your hips or waist size depending on where your tie your Hakama (usually on the hips for men and waist for women).
  • Ideal front strap calculation: 
    - Front strap : "waist/hips size" x 4 + ~80 cm"
    - Back strap : "waist/hips size x 2 + 20~30 cm"
    Note: The straps are measured in their entirety, from the left end to the right end, including the middle (Hakama) part. The length of the extension is added to the total of the strap length (e.g. +20 cm equal +10 cm on each side).
  • Hakama standard straps length : 
    - 20 to 24.5 > font 400 cm / back 180 cm
    - 25 to 30 > front 420 cm / back 200 cm
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  • Measure your hips or waist size depending on where your tie your Hakama (usually on the hips for men and waist for women).
  • Recommended for a waist circumference of 95 - 120 cm (for a greater hips/waist size, please contact us to discuss further adjustments).
  • Includes widening of the front part, Koshiita (backplate), and strap extensions.
  • A general larger cut ensures comfort and freedom of movement.
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  • Two loops on the inside of the Hakama.
  • These loops are sewn below the Koshiita and below the front strap during manufacturing, delaying the time to completion by ~5 weeks
  • Ideal to hang your Hakama on a hanger after practice or laundry.
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  • Small plastic toggle, stitched on below the Koshiita, to be tucked in the belt.
  • Mainly used for Iaido, it is not recommended for Aikido practice and may lead to back injuries when taking Ukemi.
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  • An added piece of fabric to reinforce both openings (left and right side) of the lateral vents.
  • All Seido Hakama already come with especially added stitching (machine sewn), that are more discrete than an extra piece of cloth. But if you want to give it a little extra to be on the save side - this is your option.
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  • Lengthened lateral vents by about 5 cm on both sides.
  • Especially suited and popular among practitioners with a waist circumference of 90 - 100 cm, who do not want a custom large cut.
  • Great freedom of movement, but the jacket may stick out on the sides.
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  • The Koshiita should sit on top of the belt. (Seido Hakama are fitted to be worn with a common Judo type belt.)
  • High Koshiita (Iaido style): The Koshiita is higher than the front strap, to be worn with a Kakuobi/large Iai type belt.
  • Low Koshiita: The base of the Koshiita is about 2 cm lower than the front strap. This allows to fold the front belt into the "Judo type belt" without getting a crumpled Hakama when tied.
  • Adjusting the height of the Koshiita according to your belt/style of wearing, helps that the pleats fall nicely and flat.

Product Information & Size Chart

#6000 Cotton Bushu Aizome Aikido Nobakama - Semi-heavy Weight

Made in Japan | Indigo-dyed (Aizome)

Material: 100% cotton #6000

Shrinkage: ~2%  |  Weight (size 26): 1.3 kg

Shape: Nobakama with Aikido finish.

Nobakama (fields Hakama), was used by Japanese farmers. Its tighter cut allowed better freedom of movement and prevented legs to get caught in bushes. Within the practice of martial arts, it avoids the practitioner stepping on it. The nobakama is constituted of only 3 pleats on the front instead of the 5 usually found on the standard models. The Nobakama was used by Aikido's Saito Sensei (Iwama Aikido), but also by many Iaido, Kenjutsu and Koryu practitioners and teachers. For the practitioner, it improves the ease of movement, and for the teacher, it makes leg movements easier to see when teaching technical movements (ashisabaki).

Please note that this type of Hakama is not suitable for practice of regular aikido and is reserved to a limited number of practitioners. In addition, the logo Aikikai is not available for this particular model.

The fabric used for this model comes from one of the largest traditional indigo dyers of Japan located in the region of Saitama, north of Tokyo. Despite the constraints associated with maintaining Aizome Hakama, these are still used by those many Japanese teachers who are very attached to tradition, including some at the Hombu Dojo.

#6000 corresponds to the yarn density, but a higher number does not signify an increase in quality. Indeed, a cotton #20000, for example, would be too rigid for the practice of martial arts. The #6000 is the minimum density possible to maintain good strength while providing a soft cloth. Traditional indigo dye has many advantages; it repels insects, promotes healing, and accelerates the drying of the fabric. These are the reasons why it has been used in the manufacturing of martial art equipments since the times of the samurai.

The Bushu process of dying is more recent however, dating back a hundred years. It consists in using traditional indigo to dye the cotton threads before weaving. This guarantees a better outfit and uniform dyeing. Our "Bushu" Indigo-dyed cotton Hakama are all designed according to this principle, which is the best of the best in terms of traditional Japanese dyeing.

This model is recommended to practitioners who have substantial experience in wearing Hakama, or those looking for a traditional and heavy garment but who are not afraid of the difficult maintenance of this type of fabric. Although Indigo rubs off very easily on the white fabric of your keikogi or that of your partner, it also washes off easily, even by hand washing.

For maximum comfort, the strap length is adjusted according to the size of the hakama.

As all our Hakama, this model is fully made in Japan (fabric, cut, and stitching).

Before first use:
To better set the dye, we recommend to soak your Hakama in salt water and/or vinegar overnight, and repeat this process at leas twice. More information can be found on the "How to Take Care of your Hakama" page.

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Product & Services Summary

Semi-Heavy Weight (#6000) Indigo (Aizome) Cotton Nobakama: ¥22,500
Hakama Embroidery - Right Hip: ¥800
Hakama Embroidery - Koshiita Outside (backplate): ¥1,000
Hakama Embroidery - Koshiita Inside (backplate): ¥1,000
Hakama Alteration - Font/Back Strap Extension: ¥200
Hakama Alteration - Custom Wide Cut: ¥3,500
Hakama Alteration - Hanger strap: ¥500
Hakama Alteration - Koshiita Hera: ¥500
Hakama Alteration - Lateral Reinforcement: ¥600
Hakama Alteration - Longer Lateral Vents: ¥500
Hakama Alteration - Koshiita height adjustment: ¥500
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