Haidate (thigh guards)
Lacquered leather, asa, silk, gilt kamiko (paper)
Woven, stitched

Originally, the plates on haidate would have had to be made of metal to guard against injury, but the Tokugawa shogunate brought three hundred years of peace to Japan. These plates shown here are made of lacquered leather, and were worn for show, not for warfare. The gold strip across the center is made of kamiko, a heavy-duty paper used to make clothing, but is textured to look like leather. In the back, the haidate are bound by two narrow asa bands on each leg that fasten in the center with a laquered button.