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    Gentlemen,
    Having been involved with Iai-do now for approx eight months a question comes to mind and advice is needed

    As i sweat profusely during instruction and alone practice ( i mean i really sweat alot) , i wash my hakama and gi after each use.
    can anyone tell me how he or she irons the pleats , or irons it in general? have tried watching vids on line but in practice results aren't good.

    I can not imagine wearing a "sweat absorbing under garment" as i've seen advertized , being as hot as i am with just the gi+hakama.

    I believe the material i have is "tetron) i have two from different suppliers, a cheap set bought first, and a custom tayored hakama from Tozando. My Sensei washs his rarely (but he don't sweat like i do!

    Would a different material (such as cotton) do better? or that light weight polyester job i remember seeing once?

    Your advice is appreciated

    Sensei says i'm just working harder than the rest (bull #$@&) he's being kind.

    Charles L. Grusovnik

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    Cotton would wrinkle even worse than Tetron, but absorbs sweat pretty well. One option is to wear a cotton hakama for regular practice, and save the Tetron one for more-formal occasions.

    There are hakama available that have the pleats "sewn in" so that they don't get lost during laundering. The best option for ironing the pleats on a regular version is just to take your time and watch where the lines fall. I don't lay mine out to iron it; I keep the pleats pleated and iron through a cotton sheet to keep the creases from getting shiny.

    HTH.
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    Thank you Brian
    Will try cotton for regular sweat sessons,
    i do like the all black for the more formal look.
    I'll see my local dry cleaner and see if i can get him to attemp to press my hakama, he's pretty cool and once sewed a sword bag for me
    Charles L. Grusovnik

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    It's actually fairly easy to keep a hakama looking good and the pleats neat, even when you wash it. I wrote a blog on this a while back at
    http://budobum.blogspot.com/search/label/Hakama

    I well also add that a friend suggests using an old pillow case if you don't have a laundry bag. Tie the case tight enough that the hakama won't unfold.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pboylan View Post
    It's actually fairly easy to keep a hakama looking good and the pleats neat... I wrote a blog on this...
    Doh! I can't believe I forgot to mention using clothes pins at the hem during drying! Oh well; your blog more than made up for what I left out. Thanks.

    I'll also add that, unless mine is especially dirty, I don't even put it in a washing machine; I just wash it by hand in the bathtub.
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    Thanks guys
    will try all your suggestions
    charly grusovnik

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    You mean you are supposed to wash them?
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    I washed my tetron hakama many times, put it wet on a clothes hanger and fold it and don't need to iron it.

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    If you have a decent quality tetron hakama, wash it on gentle and hang dry. It should keep its pleats. Just be sure to fold it properly when transporting to and from the dojo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CEB View Post
    You mean you are supposed to wash them?
    Ewwww.
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    Hi,have you already tried a 100% cotton Shitagi? Otherwise why do you not try training with a cotton Gi, I think with Iaido the uniform rules are not to strict.

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    Jordy Klaver
    Thanks for heads up , will try cotton gi next time i order something and see how it goes .
    Charles L. Grusovnik

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    I have no clue why it's aparently always such a biiiig issue, ironing a hakama.
    Iron each pleat for itself. Front and back. Done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryoma View Post
    I have no clue why it's aparently always such a biiiig issue, ironing a hakama.
    Iron each pleat for itself. Front and back. Done.
    The iron and I have a mutually hateful existence. I am of the firm opinion that irons are tools of the devil and should only be used after lengthy cleansing rituals, or by folks at the cleaners. If there is any way at all for me to avoid using an iron, then that's inevitably the way that I will go.
    Paul Smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgsmith View Post
    The iron and I have a mutually hateful existence. I am of the firm opinion that irons are tools of the devil and should only be used after lengthy cleansing rituals, or by folks at the cleaners. If there is any way at all for me to avoid using an iron, then that's inevitably the way that I will go.
    Haha, I learned to iron in the military and when I first got married I offered to do the ironing. That is until my wife got a look at her pants. Apparently, she didn't like her crease to be able to cut butter.
    To that end while I never had to iron a hakama, my daughter went to private school which part of the uniform was a pleated skirt. I had the patience to iron each and every pleat. Glad that's over.
    Tony Urena

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