Akatsuki - Tsumugi Iaido Hakama
The Akatsuki Hakama is made with polyester that has been woven in the "tsumugi" style, giving the hakama a very traditional look befitting of a iaido practice.
Tsumugi textiles are traditionally made by using silk floss which is spun by hand into yarn. Because of the intensive production process it was once considered inferior to regular silk as it took a lot of time and work to weave the yarn into a proper garment. Nowadays it's recognized as an important traditional Japanese handicraft that is internationally recognized for it's quality.
This is a polyester based tsumugi fabric that is perfect for iaido hakama. The slightly rough texture makes it very similar to the fabric that is used for old casual kimono wear. It also has a slightly more matte appearance compared to regular Polyester based fabrics. Being made of polyester is extremely durable and upkeep is very straightforward.
The Akatsuki is made by the experienced tailors of our Heian workshop, based at our headquarters in Nishijin, Kyoto. Featuring stitched inner-pleats and a slim obi with extra stitching for easy tying, it maintains a beautiful and sober appearance throughout training.
The comfort of Tsumigi weave combined with the fast drying of polyester makes it an ideal pair of hakama for hot and humid keiko.
I bought this Hakama a couple of years ago now. It has worn very well and is really a pleasure to wear. It has maintained its pleats nicely, though I am careful to fold it each time when I put it away. Definitely recommend.