Due to an unusually large number of orders that is pushing the capacity of our workshop at its maximum, orders for "Semi-Heavy Weight (#6000) Indigo (Aizome) Cotton Nobakama" are suspended until January 26th.
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.
However, please note that the shrinkage will make each side shrink by about 5 cm, so please make sure you have enough length fit your waist/hips size.
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.