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Brooch - Igors Polikevics, Latvian, Nica Region, Large, Metal, 1980s Object Reg. No: HT 24853 1

One of a set of three metal brooches made by Igors Polikevics and worn as part of a Nica region Latvian costume. The brooches are attached to the right hand shoulder holding the shawl in place. Igors migrated to Australia at the age of 9 in 1949, following World War Two.

The brooches belonged to Anita Apinis, daughter of Latvian migrant and weaver Anna Apinis. Anita is second generation Latvian weaver, she was 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. Anna kept many of her cultural traditions alive by passing them onto Anita.
Large sized metal brooch, one of three in descending size order and identical design. Round with inner round hole, and a metal pin welded across the hole. A metal pin is attached at the back of each brooch for attaching to garment. The brooch has a series of relief patterns, round stars and studs with a rope border around the outer and inner edges.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Anita Apinis-Herman, 2011
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 110 mm (Height), 110 mm (Width), 110 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: cultural identity, immigration, clothing accessories, handcrafts, displaced persons, latvian communities, latvian immigration, metalcraft
Themes this item is part of: Anna Apinis, Latvian Migrant & Weaver, 1950, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: jewellery
Maker: Mr Igors Polikevics, Australia, 1980s
User: Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, Victoria, Australia, 1980-2009
Other Association (See Comments): Nica, Latvia

Worn as part of a costume based on designs from this region
References: Apinis-Herman, Anita, "Latvian Weaving Techniques", Kangaroo Press, 1993
Page 68 : how the brooch is attached to the shawl, across the the right hand side of the of the shoulder.
See also image 42 page 68.
These notes were provided by Anita Apinis-Herman at the time of donation.

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