This Chinese Army Dress Belt is from the era where the Viet Nam war was raging and the Chinese were helping their Communist allies fight the South Vietnamese and American Army. We purchased these with a mixed lot of Peoples Liberation Army surplus and found them referenced in a book on North Vietnamese Weapons and Field Gear.
I picked this up for a costume accessory and it functions well. The brown color has a touch of red to it and a bit of a gloss. Back is drab by comparison (not that anyone will see it anyway!)