Belt - Anna Apinis, Latvian, Lielvarde Region, Red & White Design, Sydney,1960s Object 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
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 70 mm (Width), 1490 mm (Length)

More information

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
Tertiary Classification: weaving
Artist: Mrs Anna Apinis, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1960s
Other Association (See Comments): Lielvarde, Latvia

Based on a design from this region

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.
Yes No