Yoroi Shitagi or Gusoku Shitagi is a layered under shirt or jacket worn by samurai, under their armor during feudal Japan. The yoroi shitagi is a samurai kimono style shirt that ties closed just below the throat and has a thin obi (belt) attached at the back of the waist. The samurai would ceremonially dawn their shitagi by inserting the left hand first, followed by the right. The neck would then be tied and finally the attached obi tied from the back to the front. There are several styles of this samurai “under armor” shirt. One of the most common styles was typically made using linen on one side with silk on the other. In some yoroi shitagi one have linen or silk on both side and/or could be reversible. This makes for a more comfortable feel with easy care and cleaning on the outside. The layers of materials also provides extra protection as it acts as a form of gambeson (arming coat) which helps protect from chafing of the armor and can help resist any edged weapon that finds its way past the steel plated armor. This has proven to be an essential part of the armor and was the second clothing item added, after the fundoshi (loincloth).
Iron Mountain Armory has reproduced this yoroi shitagi (aka gusoku shitagi) using traditional design patterns and has made our samurai kimono shitagi reversible. So you can wear it silk side in, to protect the art silk while wearing samurai armor and once the armor comes off, you can reverse the shitagi to show the art silk pattern on the reversed side.
- Traditional under armor kimono.
- Custom tailored sizing.
- Optional materials and colors.
Our skilled seamstress here at Iron Mountain Armory will hand make this samurai kimono at the time of your order. Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for the tailoring of this item.