OUTSTANDING Original WWII Japanese 1000 Stitch Belt With Blood Stain Brought Home By A U.S. Soldier Certified
Original WWII Japanese 1000 Stitch Belt With Blood Stain Brought Home By A U.S. Soldier Certified. One-of-a-kind. A Senninbari (千人針 thousand-person-stitches) or One-thousand stitch is a strip of cloth that measures approximately 15 cm (6 in) high and up to 90–120 cm (3–4 ft) or more in length. Each end of the belt (sash) may or may not have strings, snaps or buttons that allow it to be fastened about the waist. Examples that lack these were often tucked into the waist. Other variations were never worn but may have been folded and placed inside helmet liners, pockets or packs. Senninbari were decorated with 1000 knots or stitches, and each stitch was normally made by a different woman. Senninbari were given as an amulet by women to soldiers on their way to war as a part of the Shinto culture of Imperial Japan. This wonderful example measures 47 inches by 13 inches when unfolded. We assume that normally it was folded in half, with the stitches/knots on one side, and the Hinomaru ( 日の丸 – “Sun Round”) on the other. We counted the stitches on the back, and there are 77 rows of 13 stitches, for 1,001 total green stitches, which are each attached to a blue dot. Surrounding the Japanese sun emblem are the usual Kanji seen on a “Good Luck” flag. We believe this to be a belt, or possibly a sash. Unfortunately the intended use is not clear, so it’s possible it was folded up and kept with the soldier as a good luck charm. Definitely one of the more interesting Japanese items we have had. Ready to display! Has a blood stain on it (see photos). good condition and it’s very displayable and could be framed and it would look VERY nice. 100% Guaranteed to be authentic and is certified by The Gettysburg Museum Of History and comes with our Museum COA (certificate of authenticity). A rare piece of WWII history. OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE! DO NOT MISS THIS!