Notebook - Anna Apinis, Latvian Weaving Patterns, 1930s-1940s Document Reg. No: HT 21861

Notebook documenting traditional Latvian weaving designs. It was kept by Anna Apinis, who attended weaving lessons in Liepaja in Latvia from 1930 to 1933. She spent hours at the nearby Ethnographic Museum recording traditional fabric designs in her notebooks. Anna continued compiling these notebooks throughout her years in Memmingen Displaced Persons camp in Germany from 1947, until she immigrated to Australia with her husband Ervins and son Erik in 1950. She painstakingly sketched and documented ancient Latvian designs from the regional costumes rescued by other Latvian refugee women in this notebook. She then wove them on her loom with threads gathered by unraveling old scraps of fabric. Anna brought her loom made from discarded timbers in the camp to Australia. Anna and her daughter Anita (born in Australia) continued to weave traditional and experimental Latvian designs throughout their lives.
104 page notebook with aqua blue cardboard cover, brown taped spine and red and white plaited cord assisting in binding the book together, along with staples. Pages filled with weaving designs both drawn directly onto the pages and cut out and adhered to the pages. Annotations in Latvian.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Anita, 2008
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 220 mm (Height), 174 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: cultural identity, cultural maintenance, immigration
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Anna Apinis, Latvian Migrant & Weaver, 1950, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: weaving
Inscriptions: Handwritten, front cover, black pen: "Drilli 112 lp - 38 / Mezjiu aud 103 lp".
User: Mrs Anna Apinis, 1930-1949

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