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The Traditional Umanori Hakama are the oldest and most traditional style of pants first used in Japan in the 6th century which were used earlier by the Chinese Imperial Court. Traditionally hakama would tie at the waist and drape down to the ankle with two options, “andon” (pant) or “umanori” (skirt) style. The andon style of hakama won out for the samurai as it was easier to wear while riding a horse, becoming known at “umanori” hakama. It is important to note that traditional hakama do not have the koshita (raised board), which became common in the early Edo Period (1603). The earliest hakama material was simple cloth woven from fibers of kuzu, or arrowroot plant. Up until the late Muromachi Period (1336 to 1573), a variation of this rough but light cloth, called kakko, was popular for making hakama worn during the hot summer months. By the mid Muromachi Period, cotton became more common and the preferred material for samurai and Daimyo alike. Formal hakama made of silk called sendai hira, came along in the late Sangoku Era (around 1645). The hakama is traditionally worn with a kimono or hakamashita (hakama shirt).