Historically the Japanese weaves were used to connect steel plates
to form armor. Now they are used mainly for theatrical armor and
casual wear like shirts, skirts, and belts. The weaves looks best
when two different ring sizes are used: larger for the main rings
that lay flat and smaller connector rings.
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This weave is classified as a web weave. It would mainly be used for
shirts, skirts, and headpieces.
If you look closely you'll notice that it's basically Japanese 6-in-1
with out the middle of each flower (see description below)... but not
The most basic of all the Japanese weaves. This is probably the easiest
for people to learn to weave.
This weave can be used for armor when the proper ring sizes are used.
It can be as strong as the European 4-in-1 weave, but is more
flexible and weighs less. In drama productins, this armor is quite
hard to distinguish from European 4-in-1. Infact, some movies
have used this weave in it's place.
This is one of the trickier weaves for Japanese, but that doesn't
say much. There are many different version or ways to make this
weave. The version shown lays flat while others (like the one
used for our Hacky Sacks) does not lay flat.
This is the second most common Japanese weave, second to only the 4-in-1.
Like the 4-in-1 this weave was historicaly used to connect large steel
plates to for armor. Notice how it forms little 6 petal flowers.
It makes a tighter weave then the 4-in-1 but is a bit less flexible and
weighs more, but is still lighter then European 4-in-1. This looks
even nicer then the Japanese 4-in-1 on stage.
This is simply Japanese 4-in-1 but is woven in such a way that
is forms a cube. This is a good example of the different symetrical
shapes that Japanese weaves are famous for making. You can make
almost any polygon shape using Japanese weaves.