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Japanese Thousand Stitch Belt - WWII Senninbari

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Japanese Thousand Stitch Belt - WWII Senninbari
These are interesting items. The thought was that if 1000 different people said a prayer or had a kind thought for a soldier, and on that thought or prayer put a stitch in the belt, it would give the wearer a little extra ":something". Actually a nice idea and a good way for a wife or family member to feel like they were helping their loved one. Obviously most people don't have a thousand friends so I have heard of wives approaching strangers on the street in their neighborhood to help them finish the belt. This one has a tiger motif and, interestingly enough, coins for eyes. This specimen is on silk which would have been most appreciated by the soldier if he was stationed somewhere very hot. Some where and holes to the sides but the area around the tiger and stitching is in great shape so I think the end wear sort of adds to the piece. A bit rumpled but this is easily fixed.

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