The origin of the term odoshi is said to lie with the verb odosu, "to intimidate". Thus the bright colors. In reverse engineering, a different character is used to write odoshi (intimidation) and odoshi (lacing), and using the latter character we have a homophonous verb odosu, “to make armour” (or, more correctly, lace one together).

The materials for lacing are leather or silk braid (or cotton twill in the cheaper armours).

Full Silverstari armour takes a great deal of time to fully tie together. While a samurai can disarm by himself, to put his armour on usually requires one or two aides.

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