How to care for your hemp gi


Shrink to fit

Our gis are preshrunk and you will see minimal amounts to no shrinkage if you cold wash and hang dry your gis. However, your gi is slightly roomy out of the bag, it is possible to shrink it. Try a combination of warm water wash and medium heat dry cycle. For extreme cases you will have to hot wash and hot dry.

For natural white hemp gis

If you prefer a brighter shade of white for your hemp gi, DO NOT use bleach. Bleach will damage the hemp fibres and weaken the fabric. Rather, use the age old practice of drying your gi in the sun. Sun light naturally whitens the hemp fibres.

What to do if your gi is scratchy from hang drying

Firstly, a scratchy gi is a sign that you may be using too much detergent. If that is not the case, we recommend that you put your gi in the dryer on a tumble dry cycle with NO heat. If the gi is still a bit scratchy, toss in a couple of tennis balls into the dryer when you tumble dry. If cared for properly,  a hemp gi should be the softest and most comfortable gi you can wear.


Shedding is a natural characteristic of 100% hemp clothing and is unavoidable in the breaking in period. However, after 5-6 wash cycles the shedding should be minimal. Just be patient with the gi and consider it something that gives your hemp gi personality. :)


Vinegar is your gi's best friend. If your hemp gi has a hard to remove stench, try soaking your gi overnight in a bucket of vinegar. Vinegar also helps with removing blood stains and also softens up a rough gi. Don't worry, after putting your gi through a wash cycle, the vinegar smell will completely wash out.


  • Kevin Latta

    This was my second Gi, a gift to myself after six months of training… I now have three Pro Series 5.2- two blue and a white on the way!! Hands down the most comfortable, lightweight, COOL Gi I’ve encountered. I’m training for longer, more often and almost exclusively in this FANTASTIC Gi. Better grab yours now everyone I roll with has ordered (or tried many sizes already sold out)- Thanks Flow Kimonos for a well conceived, perfectly manufactured and reasonably priced option in the Gi space-

  • Brandon

    My air gi got here earlier than I expected. Its comfortable right out of the bag. I’m excited to gets some rolls in. Thanks Flow for an awesome go and good buying experience.

  • Cliff Lewin

    Very pleasant, great experience in buying these gi’s

  • Enso Ghisoni

    Love the hemp gi , feels so soft almost silky. Just not sure that the off-white (truly baige ) will be accepted in the competitions ?

  • Joe

    I’m 5’4" and 168… Stocky built. What size gi should I get in the air?

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