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Woven Mat - Thread & Cloth, Yellow, Green, Pink, Cream & Mustard, circa 1950 Object Reg. No: HT 14333

Summary:
Woven mat produced using the countermarch floor loom. Probably made by Anna Apinis, circa 1950. 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.
Description:
Rectangular woven mat made from various kinds of threads and cloth strips resulting in a highly textured, striped mat with geometric patterns in yellow, green, pale pink, cream and mustard. The mat features mustard-coloured woollen twine fringing at either end. The overall shape is slightly irregular due to the different thickness of threads and cloth strips that have been used. Some loose ends hang from the sides of the mat.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, 2006
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 0.5 cm (Height), 68.0 cm (Width), 77.0 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: looms, weaving
Themes this item is part of: Cultural Diversity Collection, Migration Collection, Anna Apinis, Latvian Migrant & Weaver, 1950
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: weaving
Maker (Probable): Mrs Anna Apinis, circa 1950

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