The ancient codes of warrior houses left no room for negligence, and samurai were required to cultivate both bu and bun — the arts of war and culture. Equal care was given to the lining and exterior of one’s armor, and each suit was custom-made for its wearer. In contrast with the brutality of samurai life, armor exuded refinement and artisanship. Lacquered plates were laced together in flexible designs that protected the wearer while allowing for freedom of movement. Named for kusazuri, the armored skirt of a samurai, Zuri is an intricate handweave of points and links — a result of skill, strength and artisanal acumen.