Guide: Hack Your Han-Eri
Han-eri are a decorative collar that is attached to your juban collar, and are visible as a sort of second collar when worn with your kimono. Han-eri are generally sewn on by hand with large lose stitches, which means that most people do not frequently change them. However we are going to show you a great way to hack your han-eri and up your kitsuke game! With this guide we will show you a simple system to add to your juban and han-eri to make them easily and quickly interchangeable. Supplies: Velcro strips ($0.99), fabric glue ($1.99), measuring tape ($0.99), chalk for marking fabric ($0.99), juban, kimono / juban collar stiffener, and han eri. We offer a great selection of juban and han-eri for sale! When working with fabric glue, scissors, an iron, and sewing needles please handle with caution.
Step 1 - get your materials together and lay them out on a flat clean surface for you to work on. The velcro strips that you will be using to create your interchangeable collars can be secured through various means such as fabric glue, hand stitching, and there are even some fabric tape and iron on setting methods. The most important thing is that you work with what you are comfortable with and it provides a strong grip on the fabric.
Tip: When placing your velcro remember to leave space for your collar stiffener to be slipped inside the pocket the han-eri will create when wrapped around the juban collar.
Step 2 - measure out your Velcro into roughly 1 inch sections. The Velcro sections can be longer, but avoid making them smaller than one inch. Smaller Velcro sections do not grip as well, and are larger to line up. First place these strips onto both sides of your juban collar. The juban comes first, because all han-eri will be tailored to accommodate the juban, not the other way around. This is where chalk will be useful, for marking your fabric.
Start with your first point being at the center of the back of the neck. You need to secure the han-eri on the outside and inside of the juban. From there measure and place your velcro. I prefer to put a total of 5 velcro anchor points per side of the juban. Once satisfied secure it. TIP: A great way to test the placement of your velcro is to first secure everything with safety pins and then try on the fit and look. Just be careful when removing your test that the safety pins do not pull too hard on the fabric and tear it.