I am receiving the five precepts on Monday and have been in the refuge of the Three Jewels since July 7th at my local Fo Guang Shan. It has been a unusually warm summer here....pity I don't enjoy heat at all. And wearing a polyester haiqing robe during ceremonies haven't helped make things feel any cooler.
I wanted to ask if any practioners who wore robes for ceremonies or any monastics on the forum could tell me if haiqing robes/kasayas (or 'man yi) were available in any other materials than polyester/man made substances and if so - where I could order them. The only ones I've been able to find locally are made of 100% polyester...a little too toasty for my liking
Congratulations on soon-to-be receiving of the precepts. I am a monastic with FGS, so I hope you can take my thoughts as being representative of this lineage.
I definitely agree that some other sort of robe material would be great. That worn in Taiwan is not necessarily suitable elsewhere. As far as warmth goes, however, just wear more layers underneath your haiqing and manyi (technically, for lay people, that's a manyi, not a jiashe / kasaya. It's easy, and you can adjust it to how you like it.
The thing is, those robes you find at FGS are not just FGS, they are pretty much the same anywhere now in Taiwan, HK or China. Some senior monastics may get a robe with other material, and our regular robes come in a number of different materials. But, as for lay manyi, I've seldom if ever seen it.
Best talk to your local monastics, and see what they say about it. You may not be the only one. If your local temple is keen on localization, then this is one sort of thing worth discussing. While on this topic, if I may ask where your "local" FGS is? I'm based in Taiwan, but have been in Australia and New Zealand for the last month.