Gashira Tatami Karuta Yoroi is a form of light-weight, folding armor worn by Ashigaru, Shinobi and mid-level / officer Samurai during the Sengoku Era of feudal Japan. The term “tatami” refers to the folding ability, and “karuta” to small square or rectangle plates of steel sewn onto a cloth backing. The Do (chest armor), as well as the kusazuri (thigh guards), have small spaces between karuta linked with kusari (iron mail), to allow for maximum flexibility while adding extra protection. Our Gashira model features kote (sleeves) and suneate (shin guards) with steel shino (splint) plates and kusari between the plating, sewn to a linen backing. This Gashira class Tatami Karuta Yoroi features karuta sode (shoulder guards) and haidate (thigh guards), a hachigane (armored headband) and Tate-Eri (padded shoulder / neck protection with kikko plating). These features give this armor set a step up of protection compared to the Kachi Tatami Karuta Yoroi.
All of these features work together to give great protection and flexibility, at a relatively economical price. Padding can be added for extra protection, for an additional fee. This Gashira Tatami Karuta Yoroi model, offers the most flexible Samurai style body armor within a more affordable price range, from the armor smiths at Iron Mountain Armory. For another, more economical, lightweight folding armor, please see our Kachi Tatami Karuta Yoroi. For the ultimate lightweight samurai armor with the best level of overall protection, please see our Taisho Tatami Karuta Yoroi.
Tatami armor is easily adjusted to fit people of all sizes, and to be worn over or under clothing. Tatami armor may have also been popular amongst shinobi (ninja) because it could be worn discreetly under their clothing, allowing them an excellent level of discreet protection when engaging in their stealthy endeavors.
Features: Gashira Quality
- Traditional design
- Custom order options available
- Optional under padding and material upgrades, can be requested for an extra fee.
This Tatami Armor will be handcrafted by Iron Mountain Armory at the time of your order. Please allow at least 1 month for crafting and shipping.
- Hikitate Eboshi – Add a traditional cloth hat to your order, traditionally worn by Samurai
- Sarashi Belt – A traditional long cotton belt, used by Samurai to to secure their katana
- Waraji Sandals – Bamboo straw sandals commonly used by samurai
- Waraji-Gake – Traditional type of Japanese sock that can be worn together with the Waraji sandals
- Tabi Socks – Two toe section sock for use with sandals
- Yugake – Traditional samurai gloves
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References: Arms and Armor of the Samurai: The History of Weaponry in Ancient Japan / The Samurai: Warriors of Medieval Japan, 940-1600 / Samurai: The Code of the Warrior /