Shirt - Mrs Sidorenko, Latvian, Dignaja Region, Cream Linen with Embroidered Edging, Melbourne, 1980s Object Reg. No: HT 24809

Child's shirt which forms part of a Latvian national costume which uses traditional patterns from the Dignaja Region. It was made by Mrs Sidorenko in Melbourne in the 1980s for Kaja Herman, the daughter of Anita Apinis and grandaughter of Anna Apinis. The entire costume includes a skirt, shirt, belt and crown, and each piece was made by a different Latvian woman. Anita is second generation Latvian weaver, she was 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, 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 linen shirt with open neck to chest with collar embroidered in brown geometric pattern with green, yellow and brown checked border. Three quarter sleeves with triangular panels under arms, sleeves edged with brown, blue and green cross pattern and green and yellow striped border.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Anita, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 490 mm (Height), 1000 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Width measurement from sleeve edge to sleeve edge

More information

Tagged with: cultural identity, traditional costumes, clothing accessories, handcrafts, latvian communities, latvian immigration, weaving, woolwork
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: clothing
Maker: Mrs Sidorenko, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1980s
Other Association (See Comments): Dignaja, Latvia

Based on a design from this region

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