[SCA-JML] Re: Leather and Japanese Armor
- On Tue, 9 Nov 1999, Kev Fitzpatrick wrote:
> Could someone please enlighten me as to the use (ifFrom what I have seen, leather was used quite extensively in Japanese
> any) of leather in Japanese armor (e.g. cuir boulli)?
armours. First, I have noticed it apparently used as a backing for many
of the metal armours that I have seen, acting as a kind of padding, or so
it appeared (I wasn't able to handle it, unfortunately, just what I
noticed through the glass). Furthermore, I believe that kozone were often
laquered leather or rawhide ( I don't have my sources and it was hard to
be certain, so please look this up for accuracy).
Finally, I do know that leather strapping was used to hold and tie
everything together (along with silk).
Come to think of it, I believe that Arms and Armour of the Samurai, by Ian
Bottomley and Stephen Turnbull, has at least one fully leather suit of
armour in it. Consult it for more info.
PS- Seeing as how I am in Japan, does anyone have names of good Japanese
books to check for in the local library? Anything would be appreciated