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Warp Beams - Countermarch Floor Loom, Germany, circa 1945 Object Reg. No: HT 14070 133

Warp beams entwined with warp thread from the countermarch floor loom. The Countermarch Floor Loom was 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 unraveling old scraps of fabric. Anna brought the loom with her to Australia and continued to weave Latvian designs on it.
Two thin, flat, rectangular wooden beams, both with one hole drilled through the side at each end. One beam has brown twine threaded through one end hole that then extends along the length of the beam to the other hole where it is then knotted. This applies to the second beam, although the twine is off-white. The two beams are connected by numerous off-white warp threads that bind the mid section of each piece. The threads themselves are then bound together between the two beams by an off-white cord. The beam with brown twine also has a section of off-white cord wound around it.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, 2006
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 4.2 cm (Height), 25.5 cm (Width), 115.5 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: looms, weaving, latvian immigration, latvian communities, handcrafts, woodworking
Themes this item is part of: 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
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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