Barbara Nostrand wrote:
> Baron Edward!
> Greetings from Solveig!
> >There's no evidence of mail-lined garments until literally the end of period.
> >Perhaps with a 25-50 year lifespan.
> >Most of the surviving examples are Edo period, and seem to be
> >"nonarmour" -- the
> >kind of things you might wear just in case (the Japanese equivalent
> >of a modern
> >politician wearing a kevlar t-shirt for a public appearance).
> What was the use of mail before then? Was mail possibly introduced
> by the Portugese along with the aquabus.
Before that, mail was just used to join small plates and provide some surface
protection on the expanses between them. Mail was always "extra stuff" -- it was
never "the only thing". Not until these kevlar kimono appeared in the 1590s or
And they had mail back into the 12th century, though they did learn of
"international" four-in-one mail from the Portuguese, and it became a popular
exotic style to use on sleeves and other small panels of dangly things.