Gaman and the Story of the Vest with a Thousand Knots
This post on the Smithsonian's Eye Level blog features a Senninbari (literally, thousand-person-stitches) vest that was made by the mother of George Matsushita while she was interned at the Amache camp in Colorado. Each of the 1,000 French-tied knots on the vest were tied by a different person in the camp.
The exhibition The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese Internment Camps, 1942-1946 continues at the Renwick Gallery through January 30, 2011. NPR's The Creative Art Of Coping In Japanese Internment (6 min 23 sec) includes additional background information and sample images from the collection.