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Dress - Edda Azzola, Womens', Knitted Grey Stripe, circa 1968 Reg. No: HT 18427
- Grey knitted dress, made by Edda Azzola, circa 1968 for herself and passed on to her daughter-in-law when she could no longer wear it. Her daughter-in- law returned it when it went out of fashion. It was one of the few items Edda retained from that period of production. Edda Azzola, nee Pugnetti, was born in 1927 in Moggio Udinese in the Friuli region, northern Italy and the family moved to nearby Pontebba four years later. In Italy Edda and her two sisters worked as knitting machinists from the family home. Edda married Angelo Azzola, a young man from her village and they migrated to Australia in the mid 1950s.
In 1958 Edda purchased a knitting machine from an Italian girl who couldn't afford to take back to Italy. She then made contact with a factory owner, Mr Richard (Ricardo), whose knitting factory was in Collingwood. He supplied the wool to produce clothes which were supplied to stores such as Georges, Myer and David Jones. Edda worked for Richard until the factory closed in 1974, working on the machine and finishing by hand. She worked 5-6 hours a day, depending on demand and deadlines and the work suited her as it allowed her the flexibility of working from home, and organizing her labour to suit her domestic needs. After 1974, Edda used the machine to make clothing for family and friends, including baby clothes for her grandchildren.
- Grey and white striped knitted dress with large grey buttons.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mrs Edda Azzola, 2007
|Dimensions:||1030 mm (Height), 1275 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||immigration, textile industry, italian communities, italian immigration, clothing trade|
|Themes this item is part of:||Edda Azzola, Italian Migrant & Textile Worker, 1955, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Migration Collection|
|Maker:||Mrs Edda Azzola, Reservoir, Victoria, Australia, circa 1968|
|User:||Mrs Edda Azzola, Reservoir, Victoria, Australia, circa 1968|
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