1,000 Stitch Sash (Senninbari)

1,000 Stitch Sash (Senninbari)

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Kuichi Takei's 1,000 stitich sash, also called a senninbari, was worn during combat in WWII. This item gets its name from its red stitching. This 1,000 stitch sash was made by Kuichi's mother, and was worn when he was drafted in February, 1941. He joined the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 442nd and served C Battery. The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion helped to liberate survivors of the Landsberg-Kaufering Dachau Death March and Dachau sub-camps. All the while he wore this sash. Small coins were sewn into the belt for good luck. The sash was worn folded in half, as it is in the image, and tied around the waist.
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fabric (overall material)
metal (inside material)
stitiched by hand (overall; overall production method/technique)
white (overall color)
red (overall color)
overall: 6 in x 27 in x 1/32 in; 15.24 cm x 68.58 cm x.0635 cm
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Gift of Kuichi Takei Family
World War II
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Japanese American
Executive Order 9066
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National Museum of American History
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