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Loom - Countermarch Floor Loom, Germany, circa 1945 Object Reg. No: HT 14070

Countermarch Floor Loom made for Anna Apinis by fellow survivors of World War II, in Memmingen, a displaced persons camp in Germany with wood scavenged from bombed-out ruins. It was designed by Anna's husband Ervins. Anna used the loom to weave traditional Latvian designs using threads gathered by unravelling old scraps of fabric. Anna brought the loom with her to Australia and continued to weave Latvian designs on it, both traditional and experimental. She also taught her daughter Anita to weave on this Loom and together they kept alive their Latvian culture.
Countermarch floor loom made of recycled timber. Loom is fitted together with wooden pegs and steel bolts; no nailing is used. The loom is made up of many pieces which enable it to be dismantled and reconstructed. Pieces include seat, treadles, warp and cloth beams. The shafts and lams are suspended from jacks in the centre of the frame. Cords attach the treadles to the lams, so that when the treadle is pressed, whichever shafts are to be lowered for that shed are pulled down and the remaining shafts are raised.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, 2006
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 188.0 cm (Height), 143.0 cm (Width), 170.0 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: looms, weaving, latvian immigration, latvian communities, handcrafts, woodworking
Themes this item is part of: Anna Apinis, Latvian Migrant & Weaver, 1950, Anna Apinis, Latvian Migrant & Weaver, 1950, Anna Apinis, Latvian Migrant & Weaver, 1950
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: weaving
Place & Date Made: Memmingen, Germany, circa 1945
Designer: Mr Ervins Apinis, Memmingen, Germany, circa 1945

Of the Countermarch Floor Loom
User: Mrs Anna Apinis, Australia, 1945-1996
User: Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, Australia, 1960s-1990s

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