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Important Gi Weave Differences
Gold weave used to be the most favorite weave when it came to gi’s. What is gold weave? The gold weave is a looser, so it the material feels soft and light. While light, it is still a sturdy kimono. While gold weave gi’s will last for years on end, they do get softer in time. This can cause issues in competition, as opponents will be able to easily grab your collars and sleeves and be able to grip it with no problem.
Crystal weave is a newer style of weave. It is popular because of the soft feeling it has on the wearer’s skin. This weave is also very loose. The material is very easy to grab and manipulate around. While pearl weave kimonos have a thicker look, they are actually pretty light. It can shrink a lot, so as with most gi’s, make sure you air dry it and do not put it in a drying machine.
And now onto the pearl weave. Pearl weave is my preferred weave that I wear. Pearl weave gi’s are mostly pre shrunk, so it won’t shrink as much as crystal weaves, but still air dry it as opposed to putting it in a dyer. This style of weave is tightly woven, somewhat coarse and can be rough. This is great for active competitors, because opponents will not be able to be hold onto grips as much with crystal and gold. Pearl weave kimonos are stiffer and are not easily manipulated.
There is a new type of Gi that has been booming in popularity and circulating the market that is the bamboo gi's. They are naturally antimicrobial, they dry faster, they smell better, and they are the softest Gi's in the world. If you have never worn a bamboo gi, you are missing out. Although they tend to be very pricey, it is WELL worth it. They last long, they are durable, they fit EXTREMELY well, they are incredibly soft and they do not shrink like cotton. We actually carry one bamboo gi but it is always sold out, check it out below.