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Supper Cloth - White with Cross Stitch Embroidery, circa 1940s Object Reg. No: HT 18695 1

Supper 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 Supper Cloth, with fringing around the edges. It has has been hand embroidered with a floral pattern done in cross stitch in pink, red, yellow, purple, blue, red, green and brown.
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

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