How to Iron a Hakama How to Iron a Hakama

What You'll Need
Light detergent
Clean towels
Ironing board
Spray bottle
Clean, lint free, cotton cloth

Those who wear a Hakama are always looking for good ways to take care of the material. The most important part of the Hakama is the sharp pleats. These may become dull over time if you do not know how to care for them. Ironing the cloth is a good way to keep the pleats. Of course, this means you will need to know how  to iron a Hakama in order to successfully keep your pleats.

Step 1 – Wash Your Hakama if Needed

It is not always necessary to wash a Hakama if it is properly cared for. No amount of care will ever completely protect anything from getting dirty. The best way to get this particular piece of clothing clean is in a bathtub. The washing machine will tend to be too harsh on the fabric and will destroy the pleats. Instead, fill a bathtub with cold water and a little bit of detergent. Keep your Hakama folded as you place it in the water and soak it thoroughly. After letting it soak for an hour, unfold it and press the pleats against the bottom of the tub. Soak for another hour working out any excess dirt with hands. Rinse material thoroughly to get rid of soap and lay flat on towels in order to dry.

Step 2 – Ironing Hakama pants

In order to keep a sharp crease, iron your Hakama pants whether they are dirty or not. If you iron your pants directly, you will cause the material to become shiny, which is not what you want to see. Set your iron a setting below the material your pants are made of. Most Hakamas are made from cotton. Place the leg of the Hakama around the ironing board and place a thin cotton cloth over it. You will iron the pants through the cotton cloth. Matching the color of the cloth to your Hakama is a good idea to prevent problems. Ironing your pants while damp provides the best results. If your pants have not been recently washed, use a spray bottle to mist the pants as you iron them. Use the same cloth to iron the pleats straight on the pants. Immediately fold pants into the traditional square when done.

Step 3 – Take Care

Because you will not have to wash your Hakama pants often, the best idea is to fold your pants back into the traditional square immediately after you are done wearing them. The more they remain in a folded state, the better chance you have of not having to iron them again soon. The recommended amount of ironing per month will depend on how often you wear them and what activities you do. Ironing once a month is the normal amount.

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