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Loom - Countermarch Floor Loom, Germany, circa 1945 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
|Dimensions:||188.0 cm (Height), 143.0 cm (Width), 170.0 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||looms, weaving, latvian immigration, latvian communities, handcrafts, woodworking|
|Themes this item is part of:||Cultural Diversity Collection, Migration Collection, 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|
|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|