■ kozane: aluminum (a board
to pass a thread through)
■ thread: pure silk
■ kuwagata: brass plating
（horns in front of the head）
■ decorating metal fittings:
■ leather: deerskin
”Armor of Shiroito Tsumadori Odoushi”
This armor is one of the 17 national treasures that originate from old Japan. Shiroito Tsumadori Odoushi comes from the Kushibiki shrine located in the far northern province of Aomori.
This armor's is said to have been granted to Nobumitsu Nanbu the seventh generation of the Nejyo Nanbu family under permission from Emperor Go-Murakami of the Nancho (southern court). This armor's features exhibit the qualities of the Nanbokucho (Northern-Southern Courts) period distinctly. The binding with white thread and many other colors presents harmony with color, a stunning appearance, and a unique design which is designated as a national treasure.
The distinct characteristic of this armor is the “Tsumadori” (string twisting) binding of the “Oosode” (shoulder guards) and the “Kusazuri” (waist guard). Lending its name to the armor, “Tsumadori” is a gradient of colors that extend around the armor, similar to the layers found when wearing a kimono. This particular “Tsumadori” is characterized by purple, yellow, light green and deep red threads. The “Tsumadori” is bound on the side of "Oosode" and "Kusazuri" against the white binding.
The "Fukikaeshi" (neck-guard), "Tsuribashiri" (abdomen plate), "Kyubinoita" and "Sendannoita" (sides of the abdomen) are egawa (deerskin leather) embroidered with the traditional Japanese pattern of a lion and a peony.
This armor produces a profound feeling of beauty similar to other national treasure armors. When you see this armor you would be made to wonder how something so special could be crafted so long ago.
Another version the Armor of Shiroito Tsumadori Odoushi wore by the shogun Ashikaga Takauji rests in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
We reproduced this beauty of a national treasure at 1/3 scale.
Our replica is crafted in same fashion with the armor being bound with pure silk thread with purple, yellow, light green and divine red silk threads for the “Tsumadori” just as the genuine article.
The neck guard and abdomen plates are dyed deerskin leather embroidered with a lion and a peony. Deerskin is more flexible and stronger than cowhide and since ancient times it has been used as leather for dyed patterns, strings, harnesses, and strings of weapon.
Tin was used, since it is known as an expensive metal which ranks second to gold and silver, for the decorative metal fittings. We retained their elegance and high grade appearance by taking advantage of the curvature of tin.
On the original armor there is no Kuwagata (horn) on the front of the helmet. However to show dignity and strength we displayed a horn made from brass coated in a layer of gold.
We faithfully reproduced the image of Shiroito Tsumadori odoushi in this way. Through our armors we wish to continue to tell the wonder of Japanese tradition and culture.