I looked at the instructions for making waraji in the
file area and at the pictures in some of the links
that were posted by the thread originator. I really
get the impression that making my own is the way to
go. Now the hard part: getting rice straw. Anybody
know an online source?
The irony is that I used to live in Northern
California right in the heart of a major rice-growing
region. Getting rid of the straw was a hassle for
them and they would have _loved_ it if I came and took
as much as I wanted. I don't think there's any rice
in my current home of Northern Virginia though :-(
--- Rick Howard <rhoward@...
What you choose to fight in is somewhat dependent upon
your kingdom of
residence's regulations on footwear and your personal
sense of safety as
well as your personal preferences towards
authenticity. Be sure to give both
areas some thought when making your decision.
I have been fighting in waraji and leather (deerskin)
tabi for some years.
The cost is not great as I weave and sew my own. I
find them comfortable
but, as you might imagine, they offer no ankle or
arch support and they are
decidedly *not* crush resistant (have a care if you
find yourself in a hard
press during a bridge battle). If you step in a
puddle, you will get wet. If
you step in mud, you will get dirty. If you are
fighting on waxed gym floor,
be ready to slide.
As far as durability go, the elements, the terrain,
and your activity level
will determine how long a pair of waraji or tabi will
last. I went through a
pair of waraji in three days this past Estrella War
but have managed to a
week of Pennsic and beyond in another. They can be
cheap to make and can be
made while sitting around the campfire and discussing
the day's battles.
"Wealth and rank are like the clouds, I do not wish
for such transient
Barony of Coeur d'Ennui, Kingdom of Calontir
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, February 27, 2003 8:43 PM
Subject: [SCA-JML] Fighting footwear
> holding pattern untill the supplies get here. Which
moves me to the
> question of footwear.
> I think we are all guility of wearing modern
footwear at events. I
> know I personally fight in all leather combat boots.
And I wear
> generic modern leather sandals or ugz boots in garb.
Since I already
> have a rig I am taking my time with my Japanese
persona and would
> like to correct these little details that irk me.
> My totally undeveloped persona will be Probally
> Period (1333-1568) or Azuchi-Momoyama period
(1568-1600). This gives
> me the most armor choices I feel. To my untrained
eye it looks like
> just about everyone in Japan wore waraji (or rice
> with tabi socks. Including fulled armored Samurai.
From what I have
> read these fall apart in 4 - 5 days. I don't even
want to think
> about what happens when the get wet. To make matter
worst they are
> very expensive (see links) and have to be imported
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