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To clarify on the use of bleach, as long as it is non-chlorine based (like borax or OxiClean) you should be fine to use it. Chlorine bleach will yellow your non 100% cotton clothes but color safe or oxygen based bleaches should be fine. Personally, I use baking soda (somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 a cup depending upon your washer/load size/etc.) to keep my ...
You may have hard water that is yellowing them. I haven't had much success with reversing the process, but there are some palliative approaches like lemon juice, borax, and bluing agents.
Adding some bleach to the wash might make a difference. If it was 100% cotton, I would recommend it but 30% polyester might do something strange...
I've always heard that white gi's were their casual wear. They might use them to do chores or something like that and their nice gi's would have color, use a finer material, etc. As result of it being the most commonly used, it became the uniform adopted by traditional martial arts.
From the origin of belts and gis themselves: Kano apparently began the custom of having his yudansha wear black obi (belts) in 1886. These obi weren't the belts karateka and judoka wear today -- Kano hadn't invented the judogi (Judo uniform) yet, and his students were still practicing in kimono. They were the wide obi still worn with formal kimono. In ...
I remember reading that in (ancient) Japanese culture the Samurai wore the colour white as a symbol of death. I can't find anything immediately to support that specific memory, but the wearing of white robes for formal suicide (or Seppuku) is in line with this.
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