Popular in the 16th to 17th Centuries, Tibetan soldiers copied version of Chinese Armor (as well as Mongolian). Using the Lamellar-design pattern (which was the placing of strips of iron plate, overlapping) – in wired or sewn patterns. Often incorporated into heavy leather Gerkins, this Plated Armor was designed to be long (so as to over the maximum amount of body space). Almost a one-piece “Base Skirt”, they were often made without sleeves. This (while it provided no protection to the arms of the wearer) afforded mobility for the use of weapons (particularly Bow and Arrow). Officers sometimes used silk instead of leather as their “base” to apply the plates. As many as 55 “Plate Rows” were used to construct one suit.