Samurai armor basically is known to be Japan’s armor which was first created in the fourth century with the discovery of graves along with helmets. In the 16th century, there was starting of the trading between Japan and Europe and this trade is known as (Nanban Trade). The samurai also included the torso armor and crested helmet along with their locally known domestic armor.
Construction of Samurai Armor:
The samurai armor constructed with different construction materials. Some of the materials which make the armor durable and reliable are given below:
· Small but strong enough iron also called (Tetsu)
· Leather also is known as the (Serizawa)
· Scales (kozane)
· Plates (itamono)
· Macrame’ cord/strings (odoshi) which is basically made up of Leather and braided silk
· Chain amour (kusari)
These small Tetsu iron are combined with scales, plates and Leather with the help of rivets. This armor can be made in a custom manner like there are some families who use special schemes and colors of the strings which are made up of silk.
Parts of armor:
The armor is for covering your body and protect from lethal weapons. There are many other parts embedded in this single armor which give it that enough strength to make it bear any amount of stroke and pressure. Some of the very useful parts of Japanese Samurai Armor are listed below:
· Duo or do
Ø This is the armour for chest and is usually made up of leather plates and various size of pendants.
Ø This part is for the protection of shoulders constructed by the sturdy iron and leather plates.
Ø This is the protection for the most sensitive part of our body, which is our head. This head armor usually called as the samurai helmet which is consisted of almost 5 to 100 plates of iron and Leather which is combined with rivets.
Ø This is the guard for the neck and is consist of several layers of iron and Leather to make it strong enough to protect our necks.