Shawl - Anna Apinis, Latvian, Alsunga Region, Cream with Blue & Green Border, Sydney, circa 1980s Object Reg. No: HT 24802

Woven shawl with traditional Latvian patterns from the Alsunga Region. It was woven by Anna Apinis in Sydney in the 1980s. 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.
Cream woven shawl with green and blue repetitive border pattern on two edges and blue striped border pattern along length. Two edges have a combination cream fringed edging and looped fringed edging in green, blue and pale yellow.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 710 mm (Width), 1590 mm (Length)

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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, 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 1980s
Other Association (See Comments): Alsunga, Latvia

Based on a design from this region

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