What the hakama codes mean

If you’ve looked at any hakama, you’ve probably noticed some numbers like #8000 or #10000 used to describe the hakama. But what the heck do these numbers mean? Let’s find out…

These numbers refer to the size and number of threads per square inch. (Inches are used because the scientific technology of weights and measures in the textile industry was imported to Japan from the U.S.).

Definitions

  • Strands – a single fine fiber.
  • Thread – a bundle of one or more strands twisted together.
  • Gauge – the thickness of thread (the larger the number, the finer thread)
  • Long Measure – the vertical length of the cloth of the hakama (or bolt of cloth as it is wound on a spool).
  • Wide Measure – the horizontal width of the cloth of the hakama (or from edge-to-edge of a spool of cloth).

Abbreviations

  • Th. = thread
  • No. Str. = number of strands wound together
  • Th./in. = threads per inch (wound bundle of one or more strands equals one thread for per inch count.)
Fabric
Weight
Long Measure Wide Measure
Gauge No.
Str.
Th./in. Th.
Gauge
No.
Threads
Th./in.
#6000 16 1 60 16 1 74
#8800 30 2 60 20 2 52
#11,000 30 2 63 20 2 54

In other words…

The number 6000 weight hakama cloth:

  • Lengthwise
    • uses 16 gauge strands (in other words, thick strands)
    • each thread is a single strand
    • there are a total of 60 threads per inch
  • Width-wise
    • uses 16 gauge strands
    • each thread is a single strand
    • there are a total of 74 threads per inch

The number 8800 weight hakama cloth:

  • Lengthwise
    • uses finer 30 gauge strands
    • each thread consists of two strands wound together (which makes the threads stronger)
    • there are a total of 60 of these bundles per inch
  • Width-wise
    • uses 20 gauge strands
    • each thread consists of two strands wound together
    • there are a total of 52 of these bundles per inch

The number 11,000 weight hakama cloth:

  • Lengthwise
    • uses 30 gauge strands
    • each thread consists of two strands wound together
    • there are a total of 63 of these bundles per inch
  • Width-wise
    • uses 20 gauge strands
    • each thread consists of two strands wound together
    • there are a total of 54 of these bundles per inch

The 8800 hakama hangs nicely, stays soft, keeps its shape and maintains its pleats well.

The 11000 is going to give the best appearance and comfort. The tight weave of fine thread makes the fabric smooth and sturdy while providing the ultimate in softness and comfort. (I know I sound like a commercial, but hey, it’s the truth). 🙂

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One comment on “What the hakama codes mean
  1. So how would this translate into something purchasable here in the US?

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