Dry cleaning is great for preserving those nice, crisp creases in the hakama. However, contrary to popular belief, dry cleaning is actually quite damaging to clothing. The high drying temperatures and toxic chemicals and solvents can cause discoloring, will progressively deteriorate the fabric and can even directly damage the hakama.1 Not to mention, the chemicals used for dry cleaning are harmful to the environment2 and known to cause cancer3. Bearing all this in mind, there’s nothing wrong with taking your hakama to the dry cleaner. Just be sure to do so in moderation (e.g. once every few months).
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