Gashira Jinbaori – Stock Item – Black & Red Brocade – Sold As Seen.
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.