Paul Binnie, Beauty Portrait, A Thousand Stitch Belt of 1940, Contemporary Art

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Original Japanese woodblock print. 

Artist: Paul Binnie (1967 – )
Title: A Thousand Stitch Belt of 1940
Series: Flowers of a Thousand Years (Hyakunen no hana)
Published: by the artist
Date: 2014
Edition: 36/100
Dimensions: 47.5 x 33.5 cm


The design for the year 1940 is called Senninbari (A Thousand Stitch Belt). These belts, which may date back to the 17th Century, are sewn by a thousand passers-by, one stitch each, as a lucky charm given by a woman to a warrior. By the period of the Asian War of the late 1930s, and the Pacific War of the early 1940s, prepared strips of fabric were sold, printed with a thousand crimson circles, each of which would then be stitched and the gift wrapped around the stomach of the soldier, sailor or airman going to fight.


The print employs gold leaf, silver and bronze metallic pigments, mica on the collars and embossing, as well as around 30 printed colours. Tiny embossed and sliver-printed aeroplanes on her two kimono suggest that her husband is a pilot.


Series and print title embossed on the top left-hand side. Edition number and artist signature in original pencil. ‘Binnie’ embossed on the bottom margin.

More Information
Artist Name Paul Binnie
Title A Thousand Stitch Belt of 1940
Subject Beauty & Female, Contemporary
Condition Report Excellent.
Dimensions 47.5 x 33.5 cm
Series Flowers of a Hundred Years