Belt, Thousand Stitch, Japanese, Senninbari haramaki, Tiger


Great genuine WWII Japanese cloth belt, Senninbari haramaki. Just like the good-luck flag offered by families and friends (Hinomaru yosegaki) or the war banner given by some local association or patriotic organization, 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, 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: traditionally, these inscriptions were supposed to be composed of one thousand stitches and every single stitch was to be embroidered by a different woman at the request of the initiator. 

The motifs of the present belt have been painted rather than embroidered. The central part is adorned with an amazing tiger and various ideograms.

Perfect condition. Total length: 38.5in.



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