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WWII Japanese 1,000 Stitch Belt with Shrine Stamps
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White cotton cloth band embroidered with 1,000 red knots, or stitches, called a "Senninbari". The belt was believed to provide protection in battle. The belt shows the expected signs of use and wear in the field. The ends have no ties, and it may have simply been worn flat against the soldier's body beneath his field uniform. Approximately 5 3/4 by 35 inches. This belt was stitched with 1,000 red knots and then the material was folded over to cover the stitches and to protect them. The outer cloth cover then had two red shrine stamps affixed to it.