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Hakama and Kataginu by LunarJadeStyles Hakama and Kataginu by LunarJadeStyles
This was a commission I did for a friend. I made the Hakama and that Kataginu. Basically all the green. He made the rest of the outfit himself.

Overall both pieces together took 12 hours to make.

There's five meters of fabric in the Hakama and another 2 meters in the Kataginu.
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When writing a critique on a textile work, I prefer a picture which shows the full project from a close angle. For a full critique, I just can't see enough of your work.

That said, I studied a bit of Japanese clothing creation while living in Yokohama. You made a full Hakama that looks like it was folded correctly in front, a feat that eludes most non-Japanese tailors. If you used five meters of fabric on the trousers, your friend must be a rather rich samurai. :)
As far as I can see, you have an even seam, which is no mean feat on trousers with that width and folding scheme. Sadly, I can't tell you anything about the closures and bindings or the back folds, because I can't see them.

The Kataginu on the other hand lacks a bit of starch and its fishbone shoulders. Just now it looks like a vest where you forgot to close the sides. That is sad, because what I can see of the Hakama suggests that you know how to wield a needle.

Also, I do not see mons on the vest. For Japanese clothing of this high order, a three-mon solution is almost mandatory.

Overall, I like your work and will watch what you are doing in the area of clothing, but the picture you provided does not allow an in-depth critique of your work. The medieval-lookalike-chemise your friend is wearing is a bit jarring in contrast with the traditional Japanese clothing.

Have fun.
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