Rug - Anita Apinis, Brown, Yellow, Cream & Green, Melbourne, 1980s Object Reg. No: HT 25286

Rug woven by Anita Apinis in Melbourne in the 1980s. Some of the yarn used for the rug was coloured using some using natural eucalyptus dyes. 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, 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.
Woven rug in natural and manufactured coloured dyes. Rug is woven with bands of pattern in brown, cream, beige, yellow and green, and has a tassel fringe on one end and looped end on the other.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 10 mm (Height), 640 mm (Width), 1320 mm (Length)

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
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: weaving
Maker: Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1980s
Place & Date Used: Australia, 1980s-2000s

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