1000 Stitch Belt-0024
This silk Senninbari is a “Been There!” example that really captured my imagination when I first saw it. The overall measurements are approximately 3.50″ High X 36.00″ Long. There are 10 different shrine or temple seals stamped across the front and 1 small one on the reverse. The red stamps are a bit tough to read, however, one of them appears to be from the Hachiman Shrine (Katsuyama Hachiman-guu) in Katsuyama.
I am calling this senninbari a belt, however, it may also have been used as a headband or Hachimaki based upon the shorter height measurements. Standard senninbari belts are normally seen in the 6.00″ High range. Senninbari Hachimaki or one-thousand stitch headbands are normally seen in the 3.0″-3.5″ High range. In addition, the stitches or knots have been placed in a pattern that spell out the characters, Buun Chokyu or “May Your Military Fortunes Be Long Lasting”.