I'll be using a lot of Japaneses terms throughout this article so if you need to feel free to reference the Wikipedia article above.
It does take a little bit of practice to learn how to walk in these and you will feel the burn in you calf muscles after a few hours, but they are great for improving your balance, especially if you make some of the tengu geta, I may try making some in a future instructable but all I have to go off of are pictures.
Step 1: Some Basic Terms & Types of Getak
Ha - the teeth on the Geta
Dai - the board on the Geta that the foot is on
Most Geta are made from paulownia a light weight wood, but mine are made oak just becasuse it was easier to obtain.
You can use the following instructable to make the geta https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Own-Geta-Sandles/
I will basically show you how to make the hanao for the geta which are far more comfortable and look more traditional then just the nylon cord I first used.
Step 2: The Materials
- A thin fabric of your choice, it can either have a pattern on it or be a solid color
- Material for making quilts. Not sure what it is exactly called but it is two pieces of cotton fabric with a thin layer of cotton filling inside, I think it might be quilt batting.
- Nylon cord
- Sewing machine
- Lighter (for the sealing the cords)
- Bent coat hanger for feeding the cords through the hanao
- Duct tape
Step 3: Measurements
Now we will need to cut the batting to size. I cut it at 1 1/4" wide by 12" long. Now cut out some of you thinner material leaving about 3/4" extra on the sides and 1" extra on the top and bottom.
Now start by folding the extra material on top of the batting and pinning it down on both sides
Step 4: Begin Sewing
After you have sewn both sides together fold it in half and sew the two sides together, try to stitch along the same seams that were generated when sewing the sides down. Make sure to leave a small pocket in the middle that is able to fit a 1/8" paracord to be pulled through. Some of the fabric will try to push itself out when you are sewing just make sure to push it back in or trim it off. After you are done sewing the main parts of the hanao just set them to the side for now and we will come back to them later.
Now we will begin sewing the piping for the part that goes between your toes. Just take some of the fabric, I used a piece that was about an 1 1/2" across and about 16" long, fold it in half and start sewing leaving the seam 1/2" from the folded edge. Just trim some of the excess fabric off to make the next step easier.