Fukurin is a decorative trim which is used to embellish and/or re-enforce edges of armor and clothing. Fukurin can be made from asa (hemp linen), kawa (leather), cooper, sentoku (brass), kin (gold) or a mixture of metals. In reference to samurai armor the term fukurin generally references to a decorative metal edging. Leather fukurin is referred to as “kawa fukurin” (leather trim). Cloth fukurin is often referred to as “asa fukurin” or a more modern term is “sasaheri” (cloth trim). Regardless of the material the function of fukurin is the same, and almost always featuring a pattern or design painted or engraved into it.
Iron Mountain Armory is happy to support the samurai armor restoration and DIY communities by offering hard to find, traditional materials for yoroi. Our fukurin is offered in several traditional materials and color options. Keeping with tradition we stencil the designs onto the material. The standard length for each quantity is 5 meters, which is enough for a section of armor, such as the suji-bachi kabuto or the do (cuirass). For a complete armor set we recommend ordering 15 meters, which should leave you with some extra left over, in case of mistakes or side projects. To order 15 meters, select quantity of 3 when ordering. Please note that jabara-fuse is always used to outline the trim of fukurin on armor. This is also available in our online store in our DIY section.
- Traditional materials.
- Traditional patterns.
- Available in several colors.
The fukurin is hand stenciled by Iron Mountain Armory for each order, so please allow at least 1 week for our armorer to finish your order.
Resource: “Samurai Armour: Volume I: The Japanese Cuirass” By Trevor Absolon