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“Assemblage” is a French term that originally meant “assembling, putting together or combining“. It was primarily used in traditional wine making where it refers to the art of blending different lots of base wines to create a perfectly balanced new wine while also capturing the special combination of aromas, flavors and colors present in the initial ingredients. To do this requires sophisticated skills and a rich sensibility.
The art in Ako's Yoroi(Armor) making is also "ASSEMBLAGE" in how she orchestrates a variety of master craftsmen in metalwork, dyeing, braiding, tanning, lacquering and shrine carpentry, while grasping the characteristics of the natural ingredients and the advanced techniques, As a result, the beauty of harmony dwells in the details of Ako's Yoroi.
The Yoroi is a dynastic style of armor dating back to the Heian era. It is handcrafted in the streets around the Kyoto Gosho (Imperial Palace) by craftsmen who have inherited the techniques and rituals that have been handed down from generation to generation.
Ako's Yoroi possesses many aesthetic and sophisticated qualities that reflect her contemporary sense of aesthetics and elegance, and it is exactly that sense of beauty and characteristics of that dynastic era and culture are reflected in Ako's Yoroi.