Hakama - in early
times it protected a horseman's leg from brush - is a traditional piece
of samurai clothing. There are two
different styles of hakama.
The umanori type is like
trousers with "legs" and the undivided type, like a tube skirt, without legs, called andon bakama.
Hakama can be worn
with any type of kimono. Japanese men wear
hakama at tea ceremonies, weddings and funerals - also artists,
Shintô priests (kannushi)
and shrine maiden (miko) and practitioners of
material arts, such as kendô,
aikidô or kyûdô.