Socks - Anita Apinis, Latvian, Alsunga Region, Knitted Yellow with Orange Pattern, Melbourne, 1970s Object Reg. No: HT 24804

Pair of woollen knitted socks with traditional Latvian patterns from the Alsunga Region. They were made by Anita Apinis in Melbourne in the 1970s. Socks such as these are part of traditional Alsunga costumes.

Anita is a second generation Latvian weaver, taught by her mother Anna and then undertook further training at the Melbourne College of Textiles. Anita's parents, Anna and Ervins, migrated to Australia in 1950, after spending time in a displaced persons camp Memmingin in Germany following World War Two. Anna had learnt to weave in Latvia and continued weaving in Australia, becoming one of the few suppliers of Latvian national costumes in the 1950s and 1960s. Anna kept many of her cultural traditions alive by passing them onto Anita.
Pair of knee-length woollen knitted socks. Yellow heel, toe and tops with orange, green and black snowflake design. Pearl knit.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Anita, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 110 mm (Width), 560 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Length from toe to top; width leg width

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, Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: knitting
Maker: Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1970s
Other Association (See Comments): Alsunga, Latvia

Based on a design from this region

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