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Welcome to my sewing, historical reenactment, and CosPlay blog! Here on this blog you will find all of my random thoughts about sewing, the SCA, manga, anime, CosPlay, costume making, embroidery, sewing historically accurate Japanese costumes, and my fandom of Lord Sesshomaru whom I CrossPlay as.

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

On Making Samurai Armor


I had to come back and add another post here. Okay, for the past couple of weeks I've been mulling over what to do for the armor I'm going to make this summer, and yesterday I got out this book from the library:

Arms and Armor of the Samurai by I Bottomley

It doesn't really tell you how to make armor per say, but it goes into great detail about the armor of ancient Japan, and there are loads of close ups and details about how is was made.

Anyways... the armor I wanted to make was scale armor, but when I looked on the internet for scale armor how to's all I found was sites on hand forged metal scale armor, and I really don't want to make metal armor. But than I found this Samurai book and it has a whole chapter on scale armor! OMG!

He shows all sorts of close up pictures of scale armor in Japan, and than shows drawings of what the scales looked like before they were assembled, and than shows how they laced the scales together. And get this, the whole thing was made out of 2" pieces of suede leather laced together with silk! OMG! I can actually make that! All I have to do is cut out a bunch of suede leather squares, punch holes in them, and than lace them together with silk ribbon. I can have it finished in about 3 days.

Well, I don't know if that of any help to you or not, but I thought I'd let you know what I found in case it might help you out anyone making armor.

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