Senninbari, "thousand-stitch belt"

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ddr-densho-105-8 (Legacy UID: denshopd-p105-00008)

Tsubota Collection

Minoru "Min" Tsubota's mother made this senninbari in Tule Lake. It is known as a thousand-stitch belt, and was created to protect a soldier going into battle. Each of the thousand knots was sewn by a different woman. On the belt is stitched Min's Buddhist name, the traditional Buddhist chant of "Namu Amida Butsu," and a dedication in English.

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Courtesy of the Tsubota Family Collection

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