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"Three Singles" Sune Ate Shin Guards
"Three Singles" Sune Ate Shin Guards

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Collector's Set
Our Price: $35.00
Sale Price: $24.00
Material: Cotton
Length: 11", 16.5", 12.5"
Width: 14.5, 11.5, 11.5"
Condition: Very Good Vintage

Quantity in Stock:1
Product Code: 1118MISC23

These were an unusual find!

Sune ate sometimes refers to the armored shin guards that samurai wore into battle, but the ones listed here are the farming version.

Using little metal clasps tucked into sewn loops, or just with simple ties, these little pieces of cloth covered the shins of Japanese farmers to protect themselves and their clothing from thorns and branches as they worked the fields.

This is a set of three singles - their mates long lost - valuable for their story, as a pattern for making your own, or for the indigo cotton they're made from. Two are plain, solid indigo and one (with quite a bit of damage, see photos), has a kasuri rectangular pattern.

Interested in natural indigo dyeing? See video below for how this is done in Japan.
Indigo Dyeing

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