I am looking for information on zirah bagtar style of plate and chain armor.
I am currently recreating a suit of that armor in this style and a history of its use and development have been difficult to pin down. The style of armor was brought into India by the Mughals. The plate and chain styles of armor were first seen in the Middle East in the form of leg protection. This form of armor is also seen in Japanese culture with a different appearance but similar techniques.
One of the issues that I keep running into is that a lot of the information on this style of armor is not in English, so finding source material is difficult. While I can duplicate the style and the techniques, I am left with a minimal background of how and why the armor developed in the form it did, in contrast the to European model of development of more full plate styles.
I have several hypotheses in concept of design:
one involves the climate of the regions. Plate armor is dangerous to use in hot climates. More so than the open armor design. This is one possibility for the difference in design development.
The other major one is that people just liked the look. Armor design was often determined by fashion trends as much as defensive value. The other point of interest is the possibilities of religious influence in the development of this particular style of armor; many armors of this style are decorated with Islamic symbols.
The final hypothesis is the potential lack of appropriate materials, though this is questionable since the Ottoman Empire was more advanced than their European counterparts during much of the historical era in which this armor was prevalent.