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Knitting Patterns - Exercise Book, Edda Azzola, circa 1960-70 Document Reg. No: HT 18383 1

Pattern piece, found loose in Edda Azzola's reference book in which she sketched drawings of clothes in consultation with clothing designer and made notes as to design, style, sizes and execution in Italian, circa 1960-70.

Edda Azzola, nee Pugnetti, was born in 1927 in Moggio Udinese in the Friuli region, northern Italy and the family moved to nearby Pontebba four years later. After their early schooling, Edda and her two sisters worked as knitting machinists from the family home, at which time they also produced their trousseaux which was stored by their mother in a chest. Edda married Angelo Azzola, a young man from her village. Searching for change, adventure and a better life, Edda persuaded her husband to migrate to Australia in 1954, she followed a year later in 1955, and her glory box came over later. The couple lived in Carlton and Fitzroy in inner Melbourne during the early years and Edda purchased an Italian knitting machine from another Italian migrant woman in Melbourne and worked as a textile factory outworker for about 20 years.
Piece of newspaper folded and cut to form a pattern piece. Handwritten annotations in red pen.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Edda Azzola, 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 232 mm (Height), 111 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: textile industry, italian communities, italian immigration, handcrafts, clothing patterns, knitting patterns, hand knitting
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Migration Collection, Edda Azzola, Italian Migrant & Textile Worker, 1955, Edda Azzola, Italian Migrant & Textile Worker, 1955
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Settlement - Employment
Tertiary Classification: reference materials
Inscriptions: Handwritten, front, red pen: "54 / 35 / 20 / attese fiue delle spello (?)" and extensive further annotations.
Newsprint: "5.00 / 9 / MEN OF THE SEA / Andrea Doria ..." and further extensive printed text.
Creator: Mrs Edda Azzola, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1960-1970
User: Mrs Edda Azzola, Reservoir, Victoria, Australia, circa 1960-1970
References: 'Glory Boxes: Femininity, Domestic Consumption and Material Culture in Australia, 1930-1960', Moya McFadzean, phd thesis, 2009

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