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Dofuku (jacket), Momoyama period (16th/17th century). The jacket is made of woven gold and silver threads, with a bold design of peacock feathers, the front flaps with five clawed dragons.

Dofuku (jacket), Momoyama period (16th/17th century). The jacket is made of woven gold and silver threads, with a bold design of peacock feathers, the front flaps with five clawed dragons.

Samurai's two piece hitatare outfit woven in gold, violet, and green silk and unglossed silk threads with roundel of phoenixes and foliage on a design of stylised phoenix tails on a beige ground with tassels. Edo Period. British Museum

Samurai's two piece hitatare outfit woven in gold, violet, and green silk and unglossed silk threads with roundel of phoenixes and foliage on a design of stylised phoenix tails on a beige ground with tassels. Edo Period. British Museum

Procession of military officials of early heian era. Japanese armor.

Procession of military officials of early heian era. Japanese armor.

Jinbaori, Momoyama period (17th century), with later restoration The early jinbaori of imported Chinese woven silk fabric designed with flared arm holes and decorated with five-clawed dragons, the reverse with a black family crest with a seated white rabbit above the back slit, the front clasp of gilt copper decorated to match the crest design 35in (88.9cm) long.

Jinbaori, Momoyama period (17th century), with later restoration The early jinbaori of imported Chinese woven silk fabric designed with flared arm holes and decorated with five-clawed dragons, the reverse with a black family crest with a seated white rabbit above the back slit, the front clasp of gilt copper decorated to match the crest design 35in (88.9cm) long.

Japanese smoked leather haori Jacket (kawa-haori / kawa baori) as worn by samurai .

Japanese smoked leather haori Jacket (kawa-haori / kawa baori) as worn by samurai .

Momoyama kosode. I love the different but related borders at the shoulder and hemline, and note the narrow obi of various dark and light fabric

Momoyama kosode. I love the different but related borders at the shoulder and hemline, and note the narrow obi of various dark and light fabric

Deer leather dofuku: This overgarment is a short, open-fronted jacket. It came into being in the Momoyama period, and was the forerunner of the modern haori. Originally, it was a merchant’s garment, but samurai began wearing it due to its comfort. It was intended as a protection against the cold or dirt of the outside, but was commonly worn indoors as well.

Deer leather dofuku: This overgarment is a short, open-fronted jacket. It came into being in the Momoyama period, and was the forerunner of the modern haori. Originally, it was a merchant’s garment, but samurai began wearing it due to its comfort. It was intended as a protection against the cold or dirt of the outside, but was commonly worn indoors as well.

This is a samurai's hanten ( jacket ) and maetate ( apron ) which are worn in case of fire. It is made of handwoven asa ( hemp ) cloth. In good condition except for some tiny moth holes in the back. Edo period.

This is a samurai's hanten ( jacket ) and maetate ( apron ) which are worn in case of fire. It is made of handwoven asa ( hemp ) cloth. In good condition except for some tiny moth holes in the back. Edo period.

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