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Q: Japanese senninbari sewing postcard ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Japanese senninbari sewing postcard
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: caddie-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 29 Feb 2004 11:40 PST
Expires: 30 Mar 2004 11:40 PST
Question ID: 312059
I am looking for pictures or postcards of Japanese women sewing a
cloth of 1000 stitches for the WWII Japanese men as a good luck item
to be worn by them during the war. They are called "senninbari" in Japan.

Request for Question Clarification by techtor-ga on 29 Feb 2004 12:27 PST
Hello Caddie,
I was so far able to find only one postcard portraying a 'senninbari'.
The print though shows one woman in a kimomo standing, holding a piece
of cloth, and it is labeled on the page as 'senninbari'. Is this what
you're looking for, or do you need more postcards.

Clarification of Question by caddie-ga on 29 Feb 2004 21:40 PST

Thanks for the quick response.  Yes, that is the postcard I would
like.  Could you please get any others?  Or a book/magazine on women
sewing the senninbari cloth?


Clarification of Question by caddie-ga on 08 Mar 2004 23:01 PST

I am anxiously awaiting an answer to see if I can purchase the
senninbari postcard.  Also i am hoping that you found more info.
(magazine articles or books) on the senninbari.


Request for Question Clarification by techtor-ga on 09 Mar 2004 06:59 PST
Hello Caddie,
Sorry for not responding for a while. I'm afraid I'll have to
disappoint you on finding other examples though. I have only the
source on the Net as an example I could find that of a senninbari
postcard; nothing else seems to have turned up in the Net, and I'm
afraid I'm not privy to printed resources that may have pictures of
senninbari women (and I doubt they could be posted online if found).
Perhaps another researcher might find what you're looking for.

Clarification of Question by caddie-ga on 09 Mar 2004 19:00 PST

Thanks for trying to get me more info. on the senninbari.  Please let
me know how to go ahead with purchasing the postcard.

Request for Question Clarification by techtor-ga on 09 Mar 2004 23:55 PST
What I found is actually an antique postcard showing an illustration
of a senninbari woman, and the woman isn't doing the action of sewing
the senninbari. There is some Japanese text. The source is the Japan
Postcard Library, so if you want to order this card, you may have to
get it from Japan. Would you accept the website where I saw this card
as an answer?

Clarification of Question by caddie-ga on 10 Mar 2004 06:48 PST

Do you know if I can purchase postcards from the Postcard Library in
Japan? Yes, I would accept the website where you found the card as an
answer.  Thanks for your time and effort.  If you get more info. on
the senninbari, please contact me.

Subject: Re: Japanese senninbari sewing postcard
Answered By: techtor-ga on 11 Mar 2004 00:12 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Saddie,
The postcard I mentioned previously can be found here:

The Japan Postcard Library - POSTCARD CATALOGUE JUN-ICHI
- Post card seems to be priced at Y1500. You probably need to order at
the address or email below.

E-Catalogue Hompage:
- Contains instructions on how to order, though I'm not sure where the
order form can be found. You can order by email anyway if you want.

Home page of the Postcard Library:
6-12-23-407 Minamishinagawa 
Shinagawa-ku Tokyo JAPAN 
TEL/FAX :81-03-3450-2676

I looked for other instances of senninbari shown on the Net:  
Two paintings with women holding senninbari:
OAC: Senninbari (Thousand Stitches) 92.97.140
OAC: In Camp Jerome 92.97.9

A picture of a senninbari at a Japanese website

Google search terms used:
senninbari postcard

I hope this has been a most helpful answer. If you need anything else,
or have a problem with the answer, do please post a Request for
Clarification before rating and I shall respond as soon as I can.
Thank you.
caddie-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
techtor-ga was thorough in his answer.  He gave me several "leads"
where I could find more info.  He was polite and answered promptly.

Subject: Re: Japanese senninbari sewing postcard
From: techtor-ga on 11 Mar 2004 23:11 PST
Thank you very much for the high rating! I am glad to have been of service.

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