Odoshi Ito is lacing material, such as silk, leather, hemp or cotton which is used to connect the plates and decorate samurai yoroi. Having odoshi is essential for re-lacing yoroi (samurai armor) for maintenance or giving your samurai armor a new, fresh look. Traditionally samurai would replace the odoshi on their samurai armor after returning from a campaign, which could be daily. As the Edo Era ushered in a time of “peace” there was far less combat and less need to re-lace one’s yoroi. However over time the sun’s UV light with normal exposure to the elements, as well as normal wear and tare would brake down the fibers of the odoshi. Because of this samurai would typically replace the odoshi on their gusoku (samurai armor sets) about every 10 years. As Samurai armor was a status symbol of one’s rank and source of pride second to their katana, keeping their armor in its full glory was imperative. If a samurai didn’t maintain their gusoku it would be seen as disrespectful.
Iron Mountain Armory is not currently able to offer odoshi maintenance directly, so we are offering our clients the ability to purchase odoshi for their own use. We offer odoshi in several colors and lengths, which you can order multiple quantities to meet your needs. Depending on lacing style, kebiki odoshi (closely spaced lacing) or sugake odoshi (simple hanging), the amount of lace is different. The typical pair of sode (shoulder guards) require 2 to 5 meters. Shikoro (neck guard) can require 2 to 10 meters. A Do (cuirass) can require 5 to 20 meters. A full suit 100 to 200 meters.
Iron Mountain Armory provides a very high quality, natural silk like cotton odoshi which is lustrous as it is robust, perfect for re-lacing any Gendai (modern) reproduction samurai armor set.