Wall Hanging - Anna Apinis, Green with Various Patterns, Sydney, 1970s Object Reg. No: HT 25287

Summary:
Striped wall hanging woven on a 16 shaft loom. It was woven by Anna Apinis in Sydney in the 1970s and features her own design. 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.
Description:
Woven wall hanging with rod and hanging cord. Hanging is made of a green background with horizontal bands of patterns and motifs, with a sewn channel in the top and a bottom edge with a hooped fringe.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 5 mm (Height), 1870 mm (Width), 1000 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, Cultural Diversity Collection, Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: weaving
Maker: Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1970s
Place & Date Used: Australia, 1970s-2000s

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