how do you make the knots in a hakama?
- I can't seem to find any references online, they just tell you that it's a
tradition for a student to learn that from his/her sempai. Well guess what i
don't have? I actually want to do it right but i can't find it anywhere.
Could somebody help?
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- --- In sca-jml@y..., "Cameron Slayden" <cameronslayden@h...> wrote:
> I can't seem to find any references online, they just tell you thatit's a
> tradition for a student to learn that from his/her sempai. Wellguess what i
> don't have? I actually want to do it right but i can't find itanywhere.
> Could somebody help?There are 2 that I know of - one that when you're done looks like a
nice cross, and the other looks like a capital T. Both start the
same. You take the ties from the front panel around the back, cross,
come to your front, cross again and tie in the back with any old bow
(think shoe laces). Then you take the back panel up, and bring its
ties to the front. Cross them, and take the top tie under ALL the
ties and complete a simple knot. Now the bow is made with these 2
ends. Take the one at the left hand side and essentially roll it up
into single loop that when you flatten it is about 4 inches in
diameter. Place it so that its middle is over the holding knot in
the center of the ties under your belly-button. Now you have a
choice: T or X. The difference lies in which direction you wrap the
right hand tie: over or under. Take the tie and stick it under the
knot from either the top (T) or the bottom (X). If you're doing the
T, take the free end of the tie and place it so that the tie is half
length and the free tip is at the knot. Then loop this "loop" around
the middle of the held bow you made with the left hand tie until the
tag end hangs out underneath. If you're doing the X, loop the other
way (single length) until you have about 6 or 7 inches left. Tuck
this last bit under so that a loop of it shows on top, and the tag
end hangs underneath. Presto. And you're right - it's much easier to
show than to describe. It's on the web somewhere also, I think -
check the kenjutsu sites.
- Hmmm ... this is one of those things that I could show you how to do in about 10
seconds in person, but I am not sure if I can describe it in words effectively.
I'll give it a try, however. The method of tying the hakama straps I use is
appropriate for modern martial arts (Iai-do specifically), but it seems to match
the way I have seen the straps tied in Japanese movies set in the Momoyama
period. Earlier period methods may be significantly differrent - I have no
clue. At any rate, here goes:
The strap attached to the front of the hakama goes around the small of your
back, then around to the front over the top of the fron hakama panels, where a
half-square knot is tied, then back around to the back, where a bow is tied to
secure it. The back panel is placed in the small of the back (covering this
bow), with the strap attachment point above the bow (to give you that snazzy
samurai bussle). This back strap goes around to the front, and is tied in a
square knot around the straps you already wrapped from the front, locking the
straps together. This should leave some "tails" hanging out of the knot. The
left tail is folded onto itself a couple of times (the exact fold depends on the
length left over) until you have a flat package of belt that can be centered
over the square knot you just tied. The right tail is then pulled under the
square knot and wrapped around the center of the flat bunch of belt you have
laying across the knot. Wrap over the front, then behind the knot, then up over
again, and repeat until you have a short (2-4" or so) length of strap hanging
down in the middle from behind the knot.
Hope that helps,
Cameron Slayden wrote:
> I can't seem to find any references online, they just tell you that it's a
> tradition for a student to learn that from his/her sempai. Well guess what i
> don't have? I actually want to do it right but i can't find it anywhere.
> Could somebody help?
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