Crafted in 2 coloured 100% natural plain weave linen, breathable linen fabric with a thickness of 0.31mm and weighs 143g per sqm
Eco-friendly, sustainable, lightweight, durable, elegant, suitable for practice in hot humid climates
Innovation Meets Passion - First Prototype
With the world in a climate crisis where extreme weather events are increasing in frequency and severity year-on-year, impacting every individual globally, we at Eishin-Ryu Iaido Singapore are taking our first baby step to protect the environment while pursuing our Iaido passion.
This starts with searching and identifying brands and retailers with culture of sustainability business practice, availability of linen fabrics that's both thin (less than 0.35mm thickness) and lightweight (less than 180g per sqm).
Pricing and shipping is a next consideration factor since we only purchase just sufficient fabric to produce one piece of Iaido Gi.
Being Iaido practitioners with zero know how in tailoring, finding a tailor who knows how to make an Iaido Gi is the next big challenge. Some who are familiar find working with linen fabric challenging.
Finally Ready for Product Testing...
We hope to empower Iaido practitioners to participate in this transition in the near future.
Learn More About Linen and the Sustainable Earth Friendly Flax Plant
Blue flower flax plant grown mostly in Europe due to their cool climate, the plant from which linen is produced, is one of the world's most sustainable plant. Every part of the flax plant is used to make cost effective products with no wastage.
Only 6.4 litres of water is required to produce a linen shirt, compared to 2,700 litres of water for a cotton shirt
Learn more about How Your T-Shirt Can Make a Difference | National Geographic
Flax cultivation is great for our planet - according to Advisory Commission Report to the European Parliament, one hectare (100 sqm x 100 sqm) of flax can retain 3.7 tonnes of CO2.
What else makes Linen an eco-friendly and sustainable material
Quick crop cycle from planting to harvesting of 100 days or less (cotton takes 150 to 180 days)
Flax grows naturally, requires only rainwater, making it the most eco-friendly fabric
As a natural fiber, flax linen is recyclable and biodegrades without having to sit in a landfill.
Benefits of Linen:
World’s strongest natural fiber, 30% stronger than cotton
Linen gets softer over time with washing, and can lasts up to three decades if well cared
High absorbing power, up to 20% of its own weight before starting to feel moist or wet, ideal for absorbing a lot of sweat
Breathable - releases moisture as quickly as it absorbs, less sweaty clothes clinging to your body
Natural insulator - traps body heat in low temperatures e.g. winter
What about Cons:
Hard to come by, with only approximately 1% of the world’s apparel fiber consumption
Which is why its impossible to find any Linen Iaido Gi, until now
More pricey than cotton
Wrinkles more than cotton, but if you are comfortable with a casual look, linen is a great option for looking effortlessly cool and staying cool during Iaido practice