Look at the stunning woven armor of the samurai. The bib necklace below would not be out of place on a runway today. I covet it. And I know modern designers have been influenced by the work.
The samurai "those how serve" were Japanese warriors who lead their lives according to the bushido ethic code "the way of the warrior". These are portions of their beautifully and painstakingly created armor. Made from steel, iron, silk and embellished with gold and silver and lacquer required the work all of the artisans in Japan. Eventually as the tradition and the need for samurai died out the artist turned their creative endeavors to decorative arts and functional arts.
the images are from the Metropolitan Museum Arms and Armor collection and