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Seat - Countermarch Floor Loom, Germany, circa 1945 Object Reg. No: HT 25280

Seat for the countermarch floor loom made for Anna Apinis by fellow survivors of World War II, in Memmingen, a displaced persons camp in Germany with wood scavenged from bombed-out ruins, circa 1945. The loom and this seat was designed by Anna's husband Ervins. Anna used the loom to weave traditional Latvian designs using threads gathered by unravelling old scraps of fabric. Anna brought the loom with her to Australia and continued to weave Latvian designs on it, both traditional and experimental. She also taught her daughter Anita to weave on this 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. Anna fulfilled her dream to keep her cultural traditions alive through her daughter Anita who continues to weave to this day.
Wooden seat, with four turned wooden legs and a rectangular piece of wood for the seat.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, 2010
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: cultural traditions, woodworking, making do, cultural maintenance, displaced persons, latvian communities, latvian immigration, weaving, looms, brought goods
Themes this item is part of: Anna Apinis, Latvian Migrant & Weaver, 1950, Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: weaving
Designer: Mr Ervins Apinis, Memmingen, Germany, circa 1945
User: Mrs Anna Apinis, Memmingen, Germany, 1945-1950
User: Mrs Anna Apinis, Australia, 1950-1996
User: Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, Australia, 1960s-1990s

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