Semamori means "to protect the back". It was believed that the devil came from behind a person and thus they needed protection on the back. This was especially true for babies who had such a high mortality rate.
The symbols were often embroidered in white or red These are good luck colors in Japan.
In the photo you can see an example of semamori.
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