A Warm Hoodie Made From Fabric Woven by a Judo Garment Maker

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For 100 years, Kusakura’s fabric has been responsible for the development of judo and martial arts training. It has established a solid position as being a representative of Japanese quality, “reliable, safe, high quality, and strong". We not only accurately manufacture according to the match’s international standards, but we also design the size according to the player. We are developing into other various sports besides judo.

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2021.12.24

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For 100 years, Kusakura’s fabric has been responsible for the development of judo and martial arts training. It has established a solid position as being a representative of Japanese quality, “reliable, safe, high quality, and strong". We not only accurately manufacture according to the match’s international standards, but we also design the size according to the player. We are developing into other various sports besides judo.

Kusakura Co

2021.12.24

A brand launched by Kusakura that has fabric weaving technology to convey the charm of fabric 

Kusakura Co., Ltd. is a long-established judo uniform (“judogi”) manufacturer that has been in business for over 103 years. Now it is recognized as KUSAKURA among judo uniforms all over the world, but the fabric weaving part of the judo uniforms is not. No other manufacturer in the world can consistently produce judo uniforms from fabric.

A strong yet flexible and warm Japanese fabric known as sashiko is used for judo uniforms. We have launched a new brand hoping that people all over the world will know about this woven fabric from our company and develop it into products that can be used every day.


Judo requires a fabric that can be safely done even if a person weighing 100kg/220lbs or more pulls and throws you around. We are proud that it is basically "the strongest fabric that people can touch". It is a carefully woven fabric that has history and technology. The judo hoodie uses a soft and light weaving method while maintaining its durability.

Since the judo uniform comes into direct contact with the skin, comfort was something we also sought after. It will still feel nice against your skin even without using any other materials for the lining. Experience the comfort that contributed to athletes winning medals.

Judogi may have a tough impression, but this hoodie has changed that with it being mysteriously soft. The key is the texture of the space between the threads of the sashiko. It gives off a softer impression than your typical hoodie.

The more you use the sashiko fabric, the more attractive it becomes. While it is hard at first, the fabric gradually becomes softer when washed. It is a fabric that will fit and adapt itself to the person that uses it and can be enjoyed over time as it ages.

This hoodie is particular about using only the sashiko fabric that is from their company and not using any ribbed fabric for the sleeves and hems. The fabric has a low elasticity, so there is a bit of a downside that the cuffs do not stretch, but with that, the sleeves and hems do not twist or stretch. It has a design that does not degrade easily and can be used comfortably for a long time.

Even though the hoodie does not use a lining, it is very warm and comfortable. The slightly thick fabric creates a layer of air in the sashiko stitch’s uneven surface which will keep its warmth. In winter it can be hard to get by just wearing one jacket, but that is not the case with this hoodie.

A Unique Detail

The charming point of Kusakura is the zipper. The pull tab of the zipper is the Kusakura logo which can be a nostalgic point for those who have done judo before but can also be enjoyed by those who have not.




The sashiko fabric that is used for the hoodie is made to have a softness and lightness so it is not the same as the fabric that is used for judo garments. It is a fabric that is used for other traditional Japanese martial art contact sports like Nippon Kempo and Aikido.

While the judo garment fabric "JOA" is a 100% all-cotton double weave that emphasizes strength and thickness, the fabric for the hoodie "JY" is 70% cotton and 30% polyester (blended) single layer weave. While taking advantage of the softness in Kusakura Sashiko, it also has strength. From choosing the yarn, we weave fabric that matches what it will be used for.


Sashiko's 100-year-old Technology 

Sashiko is embroidery that has became a traditional Japanese folk craft. Kusakura Sashiko's technology has a history of 100 years and we have our own fixation on things like the thread handling, weaving technology, dyeing formulation, and sewing and embroidery technology.


●Materials●

Hayakawa Sashiko Fabric: 70% Cotton, 30% Polyester

Resin Zipper

Kusakura Logo Zipper Pull Tab: Metal




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・Please note that due to the characteristics of the sashiko woven fabric, the fabric may catch onto something so please be careful.

・There is a chance that products that are colored with dye may fade due to rubbing, getting wet with water, etc.

・When washing, please avoid washing together with light colors and putting it in the dryer.

Kusakura Co., Ltd. is a long-established judo garment maker for over 103 years. We are the only company in the world that consistently produces everything, from fabric weaving to the finished product in international judo garments. Kusakura's judo garments are used by judoka around the world and were worn by athletes from different 28 countries at the famous international sports games in 2021.


For 100 years, Kusakura’s fabric has been responsible for the development of judo and martial arts training. It has established a solid position as being a representative of Japanese quality, “reliable, safe, high quality, and strong". We not only accurately manufacture according to the match’s international standards, but we also design the size according to the player. We are developing into other various sports besides judo.

Within the looms that Kusakura uses, old-fashioned looms still remain. The weaving is also done by using old-fashioned looms that artisans have searched for and collected parts from all over Japan. While it does take time and effort, there are some things that only can be done when doing it this way. Since skilled artisans can make diligent and exquisite adjustments while they work based on how things are turning out, you are able to express the “texture" that cannot be expressed by using newer machines.

A Sewing Company That Specializes in Dogi, Toyo Kahousei

Until the prototype of this Kusakura Sashiko hoodie, we were able to handle everything with the technical skills of the sewing staff, but in order to produce something that is high quality and has stability, we asked Toyo Kahousei, a company that specializes in sewing dogi (martial arts uniforms), to do a collaboration.

It is not possible to consistently and properly do a high quality sew with the thick Kusakura Sashiko just anywhere. A dedicated machine is required, and so is a skill for sewing. In that regard, Toyo Kahousei has been sewing dogi since the beginning, so we were able to finish the hoodie with using a high-quality sewing technology.



Project Starts: February 3rd 2022

Project Ends: March 20th 2022

Rewards prepared: April-May 2022

Rewards shipped to Backers: June 2022

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