錦地 Nishikiji / Brocade Ground
What is Nishikiji in Japanese Katana terminology?
This refers to the gold brocade (Kinran) and other materials applied under the handle wrapping (Tsukamaki). In the ""Itomaki Tachi Koshirae"" (a type of sword fitting) that began in the Kamakura period, this brocade ground is common. The brocade ground not only adds to the aesthetic appeal of the sword but also provides an additional layer of protection to the handle.