Odoshi Ge威毛

Odoshi Ge


Re-lacing parts of, or a whole suit of armour in either genuine Japanese doeskin leather (Shikagawa odoshi 鹿革威) or pure silk braid (Odoshi ito威糸). A match and weave service is also available to match an existing original silk braid to the area to be repaired.


Upon request, the same vegetable and plant dyes used to originally dye the silk used in making the various braids and cords used on an armour are available. These dyes are ordered through specilaist sources direct from Japan.




Hishi-nui 菱縫 &

Mimi-ito 耳糸


This photo shows the Hishi-nui (cross knots) and the Uname (a single row of braid). These examples show some of the natural Japanese dyes that can be used rather than modern sythnetics. The dark blue Uname is dyed with natural Ai (indigo) 藍 and the Hishi-nui is dyed with Benibana (safflower) 紅花



Kebiki Odoshi 毛引威



Two examples of Kebiki Odoshi lacing technique. This is the earliest style of lacing found on Japanese armour. Originally used on plates made up from rows of individual scales (Kozane小札). It became somewhat unpopular though due to the amount of braid needed to lace an armour and also due to its extra weight once it became wet. During the Momoyama and Edo periods it came to be used on armour made of solid plates, as well as traditional Kozane, made from either iron or leather.

Hishi-nui 菱縫 &  Mimi-ito 耳糸




Sugake Odoshi 素懸威


Sugake Odoshi or 'sparse' lacing was only used on solid plates of either iron or leather. It's light weight and less complex construction made it very popular during the Sengoku period or the "Age of Battles"