ome of the best surviving examples of this Chinese armor have silk brocade on the outside and linen underneath. The Manchus, particulary those of higher rank, wore this heavy and very protective armour. It is well known that not all Chinese warriors were as heavily armoured as others.
Some of the Manchus had their horses armoured as well. Even with a light rider, such warhorses needed to be quite strong to carry their own armor as well as an armoured rider.
Brigandine armour appears throughout Chinese history, as does maille and lamellar versions. The older plate armours had larger pieces and fewer plates. More recent, Qing versions, during the Manchu Dynasty era, had smaller, finer plates, making them more flexible. Usually there were specific sizes of plates for different parts of the body.
Even in a suit of dingjia Chinese armor, complete with tasset, there were some parts made of single pieces of metal. The codpiece (groin covering) was a single sheet of metal. Often the outside of the material covering, was still dotted with studs, even though these had no purpose other than decoration. The chests of chinese warriors were protected, over the heart, with a dome of metal, usually not covered by material. there was a matching one over the heart at the back of the body. Examination of Chinese armour on the terracotta warriors may be helpful for continued study.