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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 information purpose only).
Single Layer White Cotton Iaidogi
|Your Size||Jacket Size||Jacket Measurements|
|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|
|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|
Iaidogi blueprint - 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
Hakama Size Choice
Because our Hakama are handmade, slight variations are possible. All measurements are defined in centimeters (imperial metrics are for information purpose only).
Kendo/Iaido Hakama, All models
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 taking 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).
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 set the Saya of the sword correctly. 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 for a lot of traditional Japanese equipment, such as 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 that you 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).
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.
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.