Skirt - Anita Apinis, Latvian, Dignaja Region, Green, Brown & Cream Stripe, Canberra, 1980s Object Reg. No: HT 24806

Child's skirt which forms part of a Latvian national costume which uses traditional patterns from the Dignaja Region. It was made by Anita Apinis in Canberra in the 1980s for her daughter Kaja. The entire costume includes a skirt, shirt, belt and crown, and each piece was made by a different Latvian woman. 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.
Woven child's skirt, gathered at waistband and fully hemmed. Fastened at waistband with green plastic button and metal press stud. Inside waistband there is a brown plastic inner button to secure band. Green, brown and cream striped design with 'v' pattern.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 670 mm (Height), 1030 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Measured flat: Height from top of waistband to bottom of hem; Width flat hem width; Waist 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: weaving
Maker: Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, circa 1980s
Other Association (See Comments): Dignaja, Latvia

Based on a design from this region

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