Skirt - Anna Apinis, Latvian, Nica Region, Red, New South Wales, circa 1960s Object Reg. No: HT 25289

Child's skirt using traditional Latvian patterns from the Nica region. Woven by Anna Apinis circa 1960s for her daughter Anita. 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.
Woven skirt with waist band. Skirt is red with woven bands in body of varying colours, sizes and types of motifs running vertically from the waist band.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 60 mm (Height), 750 mm (Width), 1200 mm (Length)

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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 Anna Apinis, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1960s
User: Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1960s
Other Association (See Comments): Nica, Latvia

Based on a design from this region

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