Used in conjunction with The Dou component, Kusazuri Plating was used as a way to extend protection to the upper thigh and groin area of a Samurai's Armor. They could also be attached to the back of The Dou. Resembling the European Base Shirt is style and wear, they were often constructed in a similar manner to Mail Plating. Small, iron interconnecting pieces of either round or squared metal were laced together. Attached to The Dou with silk cording – they provided a surprising form of mobility. They were used from the 14th Century onward.