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Table Cloth - White with Cross Stitch Embroidery, circa 1940s Object Reg. No: HT 18694

Table Cloth purchased in Italy for Edda Azzola's glory box by her mother, and hand embroidered by Edda. 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. After their early schooling, Edda and her two sisters worked as knitting machinists from the family home. The income they made was saved by their mother who used the money to purchase items for their dowries. Edda's dowry included 6 pairs of double linen sheets which she embroidered, 12 towels and other items.

Edda married Angelo Azzola, a young man from her village. Searching for change, adventure and a better life, Edda persuaded her husband to migrate to Australia in 1954 and she followed a year later in 1955. Her glory box followed her later. The couple lived in Carlton and Fitzroy in inner Melbourne during the early years and Edda purchased an Italian knitting machine from another Italian migrant woman in Melbourne and worked as a textile factory outworker for about 20 years.
White cotton table cloth, that has been hand embroidered with a boarder of roses winding around a navy and light blue framework with a geometric design. The embroidery has been done in red, pink, light blue, navy, brown, green, white and yellow.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Edda Azzola, 2007
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: dowries, immigration, textile industry, domestic life, italian communities, italian immigration, glory boxes
Themes this item is part of: Edda Azzola, Italian Migrant & Textile Worker, 1955, Migration Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: manchester
Other Association (See Comments): Mrs Pugnetti, Pontebba, Italy, circa 1940

Purchased By
Other Association (See Comments): Mrs Edda Azzola, Pontebba, Friuli, Italy, circa 1940s

Embroidered By
User: Mrs Edda Azzola, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, circa 1955


cathy lista Posted on 05 Aug 2013 11:54 AM
my mother gave us these for our glory boxes unfortuynaltely one was stolen my sisters one, can I find out where to buy one now please or get in contact with the family to see if I can replace it as its very sentimental to us mum passed away 2 months ago.
Sue Kozianski Posted on 16 Nov 2013 6:27 AM
We have an extremely similar tablecloth.The colours and overall design is almost identical although ours appears that it may be bigger and so has had the design adapted for the different size. It was among my mother in law's possessions at her death. If it's circa 1940s then it was probably owned by her mother (Mathilda) who had lived with her.
Our cloth is expertly embroidered. Neither of it's owners was an embroiderer. We believe it to have been bought as it is. My mother in law (born 1936) and her mother (born 1912 in Vunapope, New Britain, New Guinea) were of Filipino descent and were living in Rabaul until having to flee to Australia in 1942. Mathilda was bringing 5 children including a baby to Australia. Her husband was Ambonese (Dutch at that time)and his Assets were confiscated by the Australian government. He was killed and never came to Australia. I can provide a photograph of our tablecloth if it is of interest.
bhc dmrl Posted on 21 Feb 2015 1:52 PM
I have had the same..large, rectangle..40 years of my dowry

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