The Japanese weaving style is one of the oldest forms of maille. It dates back over 3000 years! The Japanese called their maille “Kasuri” and their style uses a basic flat box structure or hexagonal grid pattern. Often with rings that are smaller than the ones used by Europeans. They usually lacquered their rings as well, to prevent rust when being sewn together with cloth or leather.
Japanese weaves are typically designed to be more flexible than their European counterparts. Europeans, with the advent of plate armor, would use maille for joints and parts that needed to be able to move more to give a range of motion to their fighting style and allow the plate to take more of a beating. The Japanese weaves allowed for more fluid movement by the body as a whole since mobility was a primary concern with their own fighting styles.
The difference between the Japanese weaves and European weaves also varied based on the weapons the maille was supposed to protect from.
I will be learning more of these beautiful and intricate weaves.
Rings and Kits for all pieces completed are from Weave Got Maille.
Original Post: 08/06/2017