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Belt - Anna Apinis, Latvian, Lielvarde Region, Red & White Design, Sydney,1960s Reg. No: HT 24795
- Woven belt, using traditional Latvian patterns from the Lielvarde region. Woven by Anna Apinis, circa 1960s on a belt loom using the pick-up technique. Anna 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. She had a loom constructed for her by fellow survivors of the World War II in at Memmingen a displaced persons camp in Germany.
In 1950 Anna migrated to Australia with her father Ernest, husband Ervins and son Eriks. 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.
- Long woven belt with red and white geometric patterns. Long fringed red and white edgings.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Ms Anita Apinis-Herman, 2011
|Dimensions:||70 mm (Width), 1490 mm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||cultural identity, traditional costumes, clothing accessories, handcrafts, latvian communities, latvian immigration, weaving, woolwork|
|Themes this item is part of:||Anna Apinis, Latvian Migrant & Weaver, 1950, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Migration Collection, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021|
|Primary Classification:||CULTURAL IDENTITY|
|Secondary Classification:||Ethnicity - Creative Practice|
|Artist:||Mrs Anna Apinis, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1960s|
|Other Association (See Comments):||Lielvarde, Latvia
Based on a design from this region