Japanese karuta armor is form of portable folding armor known as "tatami". Karuta are small square or rectangle plates of iron ( sometimes leather ) usually connected to each other by chain armor ( kusari ) with the plates being sewn to a cloth backing. Chest armors were commonly made from karuta "karuta tatami dou or dō ".
Edo period Japanese suit of armor with a folding type chest armor "Karuta tatami dou" the Karuta tatami dou is made from small lacquered iron plates "karura" connected by mail "kusari" which are sewn to cloth.
Edo period Japanese Karuta tatami hood "karuta tatami zukin" small lacquered iron plates "karuta" connected by mail "kusari" and sewn to cloth.
Samurai karuta katabira or jacket made with iron plates "karuta".
Edo period samurai karuta tatami dou in the hara-ate style.
Edo period samurai karuta tatami dou.
Edo period samurai karuta tatami dou ( from the back).
Edo period samurai karuta tatami zukin.
Edo period samurai hara-ate style karuta tatami dou (inside view).
Edo period samurai karuta tatami dou (shown folded up).
Edo period samurai sashinuki style kote.
Close up picture of karuta armor plates and the connecting kusari ( chain ).
Edo period Japanese ( samurai ) karuta tatami dou. A folding portable chest armor made from small rectangles of armor ( karuta ). This is a rare armor as the karuta armor plates are connedted to each other by leather lace instead of kusari (chain).