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Fabric - Anna Apinis, Latvian, Vidzeme Region, Brown Check with Stripes, Sydney 1950s Reg. No: HT 24812
- Piece of woven fabric using traditional Latvian patterns from the Vidzeme Region. It was woven by Anna Apinis in Sydney in the 1950s. Anna Apinis 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. Anna had a loom constructed for her by fellow male survivors of World War II at Memmingen, a Displaced Persons camp in Germany. In 1950 Anna migrated to Australia, with her father Ernest, husband Ervins, their son Eriks, and her precious loom. 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.
- Fine woven fabric with brown and coffee checked design. Repeating stripe in red, green, yellow and rust. Two width edges finished with frayed edging.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, 2010
|Dimensions:||930 mm (Width), 4000 mm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||cultural identity, 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|
|Maker:||Mrs Anna Apinis, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1950s|
|Other Association (See Comments):||Vidzeme, Latvia
Based on a design from this region