Pair of suneate (shinguards)
Horsehair, handspun cotton

In the first picture, a samurai ties on suneate with metal reinforcements. In the second (a Hokusai print of Mt. Fuji seen from Kajikizawa), a fisherman in simpler suneate. It was believed that indigo was effective as an insect repellant. Very likely, the fisherman’s shinguards were dyed in indigo.


Hokusai - Mt. Fuji seen from Kajikizawa