A high-ranking samurai would have worn a Jinbaori (surcoat) over his armor not only for protection against the elements, but also as a highly visible display of their status and their mon (family crest). Jinbaori are derived from a jacket known as a dofuku, which was worn by important samurai beginning in the late sixteenth century and often incorporated fabrics imported from China or Europe. Beginning in the early seventeenth century, dofuku developed into two types: a short coat with sleeves called ahaori, and the sleeveless jinbaori. Jinbaori have broad lapels, to display the rich fabric of the lining, and a single slit up the back to make for much freer movement. The shoulders have kekko armor plates sewn in for added protection.
We offer highly customizable Jinbaori Surcoats, which you can design to match many of our suits of armor. Our samurai clothing and accessories are featured in the docudrama “Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan” by the Smithsonian Channel.
- Fully sized and fully functional
- Can add heat transfer vinyl decal
|Our skilled katchû-shi (armorers) at the Iron Mountain Armory will need at least 2 to 4 weeks, depending on options selected, for the custom handcrafting of your reproduction samurai item.|
Before Ordering Please Note: Measure your chest with the clothing you will be wearing under it. If you plan to wear with a Traditional Hitatare, or to use it with your yoroi, add 5 cm. to your actual chest size. If you plan to wear your Jinbaori with a yoroi, please add 10 cm to your chest size. Your sizes are for reference only, we can not guarantee a perfect fit. Also if you request a mon to be added, please know that we use heat transfer vinyl decals, we do not do embroidery. Standard sizing fits a person of 5′ 8″ (177 cm) tall and 106 cm chest. Jinbaori are usually worn loose fitting. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
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