Cap, Thousand Stitch, Japanese, Senninbari


Very nice and scarce genuine WWII Japanese cloth cap, Senninbari. Just like the good-luck flag (Hinomaru yosegaki) and the war banner (Shussei nobori), the 'one-thousand stitch belt' is one of the main spiritual protection artifacts carried by the Nipponese serviceman departing for war. Its origins seem to date back to the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895). Designed by the warrior's mother, sister, or spouse, it was a participative work, generally made up of a plain fabric strip intended for being tied around the waist, on which various motifs and messages of encouragement were to be sewn or inked: traditionally, a total of one thousand stitches had to be embroidered, and every single stitch was to be done by a different woman at the request of the initiator. 

Although the Sennibari concept is mostly encountered on cloth belts, the 'one-thousand stitch' pattern can be found on various types of clothing accessories such as the present cap, probably intended for being worn under the steel helmet.

An amazingly unusal artifact, in very good, used condition.



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