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How to choose your Iaidogi & Hakama

Find the Iaidogi & the Hakama that suit you


On this page, you will find the detailed chart of the Iaidogi and Hakama offered by KuSakura. We chose to present all Iaidogi and Hakama on the same page as a lot of products share the same chart.

Iaidogi Size Choice

Because KuSakura's Iaidogi are handmade, slight variations are possible. All measurements are defined in centimeters (imperial metrics are for informational purpose only).

Single Layer White Cotton Iaidogi

Your Size Jacket Size Jacket Measurements
A B C D
110 ~ 120 cm S2 70 cm 48 cm 48 cm 17 cm
120 ~ 140 cm 1 78 cm 52 cm 54 cm 19 cm
140 ~ 160 cm 2 85 cm 57 cm 57 cm 21 cm
160 ~ 170 cm 3 92 cm 60 cm 61 cm 25 cm
170 ~ 180 cm 4 99 cm 64 cm 67 cm 25 cm
180 ~ 190 cm 5 106 cm 67 cm 73 cm 29 cm
190 ~ 200 cm 6 113 cm 70 cm 80 cm 29 cm

Classic Single Layer Tetron Iaidogi

Your Size Jacket Size Jacket Measurements
A B C D
150 ~ 160 cm 2 74 cm 53 cm 64 cm 17 cm
160 ~ 170 cm 3 80 cm 58 cm 69 cm 19 cm
170 ~ 180 cm 4 86 cm 60 cm 73 cm 21 cm

Schema Iaidogi - Measurement Chart

The schematic view below represents an Iaidogi. We have reported the most useful measurements for you

  • A: Jacket length - From the base of the Dogi to the tip of the sleeve.
  • B: Jacket width - From the right lateral opening to the left lateral opening.
  • C: Sleeves length - From the center of the collar to the tip of the sleeve.
  • D: Sleeves width
Iaidogi Sizing Sketch

Hakama Size Choice

Because our Hakama are handmade, slight variations are possible. All measurements are defined in centimeters (imperial metrics are for informational purpose only).

Kendo/Iaido Hakama, All models

Men Size
tied on the hips
Hakama Size Hakama Length Women Size
tied on the waist
120 ~ 125 cm 16 60 cm 115 ~ 120 cm
125 ~ 130 cm 17 64 cm 120 ~ 125 cm
130 ~ 135 cm 18 68 cm 125 ~ 130 cm
135 ~ 140 cm 19 71 cm 130 ~ 135 cm
140 ~ 145 cm 20 75 cm 135 ~ 140 cm
145 ~ 147 cm 21 79 cm 140 ~ 142 cm
147 ~ 150 cm 22 83 cm 142 ~ 145 cm
150 ~ 155 cm 23 87 cm 145 ~ 150 cm
155 ~ 157 cm 24 90 cm 150 ~ 155 cm
158 ~ 159 cm 24.5 92 cm 155 ~ 157 cm
160 ~ 162 cm 25 94 cm 158 ~ 159 cm
163 ~ 164 cm 25.5 96 cm 160 ~ 162 cm
165 ~ 167 cm 26 98 cm 163 ~ 164 cm
168 ~ 169 cm 26.5 100 cm 165 ~ 167 cm
170 ~ 175 cm 27 102 cm 168 ~ 169 cm
175 ~ 180 cm 28 106 cm 170 ~ 175 cm
180 cm ~ 29 110 cm 175 cm ~

How to Choose Your Iaidogi

The first thing is to confirm your size, this will allow you to select the appropriate Dogi size. Our recommendations take into account future Iaidogi shrinking.
In some cases, especially when your actual weight is over your ideal weight, you will need to select a half size larger. To find your ideal weight, remove the hundreds digit of your size, and if your weight exceeds this figure, we recommend to take a half size larger. (E.g. your height is 180 cm and weight 85 kg we advise you to choose a half size above)
We indicate the most important measurements for all jackets to limit mistake on the size choice. Do not hesitate to measure your current Dogi for comparison (do not forget that a new Iaido jacket will shrink after the first washing ).

Iaidogi cut

Okumi Cut

A chest-seaming cut similar to that of a traditional Kimono, which prevents the Gi from getting disheveled and further keeps the shape and the silhouette more beautifully. Without the thick collar secured under the Hakama it is easier to well place the Saya of the sword. This is the reason why most Iaidogi present an Okumi cut.

Classic Cut (Kendogi/Iaidogi)

The Kendogi/Iaidogi classic cut is the one used on all the jacket offered on KuSakuraShop. The classic cut is similar to the Judo cut, featuring a collar that is as long as the jacket itself, making it more solid and durable. It is totally possible to use a non-Okumi jacket for your Iaido practice.

Which material: Cotton or Tetron?

On KusakuraShop, you have the choice between two materials for your Iaidogi. The Cotton is a traditional fabric, very comfortable but you have to take care of it.
The Tetron fabric, a more modern material, made by a mix between Cotton and Rayon. This fabric doesn't need a lot of caring and dry really fast.

How to Choose Your Hakama

Choosing your Hakama Size

Hakama measurements system

As much traditional Japanese equipment, like for Shinai. The ancient Japanese system of measurement is used. Concerning Hakama, the "Kujira-shaku" system is used.

1 Kujira-shaku = 3.79 cm - A Hakama size 26 is therefore 26 x 3.79 cm = 98.54 cm

This length is measured from the bottom of the front strap to the bottom of the Hakama at its center.

Hakama traditional & modern fitting

Traditionally, Hakama should fall just above the external ankle, the malleolus. Moreover, those Hakama are made for Kendo & Iaido, so a Hera (plastic toggle) is attached to the Koshiita (stiff board on the back of a Hakama), and its purpose is to be put inside the Obi to improve the wearing.
To make your choice, we recommend you to try a fellow Kenshi's Hakama and check its length, depending on your preferences but also on your body type (including the position of your hips and the length of your legs).

Hakama Sizing Sketch

Finally, please note that this system of size (25, 26, 27 etc.) is mainly used in Japan only. When you try the Hakama of a friend, make sure that it is a Hakama "made in Japan", or measure the front yourself.

Difference between Men and Women Hakama

All the Hakama are unisex, but it exists a specific way to wear a Hakama depending if you are a man or a woman. Generally, men wear Hakama just over the hips, while women wear it at the middle of the waist. So do not forget to take it into account. If you have any doubt do not hesitate to Contact us.

Which Hakama Model?

Synthetic fabric Hakama

Synthetic models are easier to maintain, have extremely low bleed through (or not), then pleats last longer, and they are usually lighter than cotton models. However, KuSakura only offers Tetron Hakama. All the Tetron Hakama offered by KuSakura are made with the same percentage of polyester and rayon, respectively 65% and 35%, a perfect balance between flexibility and durability.

Cotton Hakama

The 100% Cotton models are more difficult to maintain and should be carefully folded after each class. They are heavier and slower to dry. However, they are more "traditional" and almost ripstop. Moreover, the models offered are all in Japanese Aizome (organic indigo) and dyed in the Japanese traditional way.

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