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Cushion - Anna Apinis, Latvian Design, Maroon, Brown & Cream Pattern, Sydney, circa 1970s Object Reg. No: HT 24787

Summary:
Woven cushion cover using a Latvian design in maroon, brown and cream. It was woven by Anna Apinis in Sydney in the 1970s. Anna Apinis was born in 1913 in Latvia. She attended weaving lessons in Liepaja in Latvia from 1930 to 1933 and spent hours at the nearby Liepaja Ethnographic Museum, recording traditional fabric designs in her notebooks. Anna had a loom constructed for her by fellow male survivors of World War II at Memmingen, a Displaced Persons camp in Germany. In 1950 Anna migrated to Australia, with her father Ernest, husband Ervins, their son Eriks, and her precious loom. She became one of the few suppliers of fabric for Latvian national costumes in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s, and exhibited her weaving nationally, at exhibitions and Latvian cultural festivals. She fulfilled her dream to keep her cultural traditions alive through her daughter Anita who continues to weave to this day.
Description:
Woven cushion cover with insert. Latvian design with maroon stripes and light and brown stripes with purple, pink and cream flowers. Plain neutral tone backing.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 425 mm (Height), 475 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: cultural identity, handcrafts, latvian communities, latvian immigration, weaving, woolwork
Themes this item is part of: Anna Apinis, Latvian Migrant & Weaver, 1950, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: weaving
Maker: Mrs Anna Apinis, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1970s
Place & Date Used: Australia, 1970s-2000s

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