I'm quite tired of the ill fitted karate gi that I can buy, so I'm going to sew my own.
I truly dislike all contemporary options, competition gi is too long, too light and "traditional" ones are too bulky with all wrong proportions for my body. I can't say I have tried many, but I'm doing this since the 90's and I only remember one that I felt comfortable to wear.
Since (in theory) I can build whatever I want, I started researching the historical references available, but the furthest I could get of people using something that is not a "judo gi", was Motobu's pictures in his book.
Look for the ones he is much younger, sometimes they are using just shorts and the obi is much more like a Chinese sash (that thing is ssssooooo comfortable!). Even when they are not flexing those beer bellies, it looks much more like a heavy duty Jinbei (very casual summer wear) and it makes sense, Okinawa have a much more tropical weather as I understand.
So, anyone have a good historical reference of 1800's Okinawa dressing?