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Photograph - Latvian black fabric woven by Anna Apinis, Melbourne, 1995 Image Reg. No: MM 102857

Photo shows the detail of a woven fabric, white grid on black background with woven flower motifs, made by Anna Apinis in 1995. Anna 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. She had a loom constructed for her by fellow survivors of World War II in a displaced persons camp in Germany.

In 1950 Anna migrated to Australia with her father Ernest, husband Ervins and son Erik. 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 who continues to weave on Anna's loom to this day.
Colour Photograph.
Description Of Content:
The photograph shows the detail of a piece of black fabric, with traditional Latvian design of a white grid on black background with woven flower motifs. The fabric was woven by Anna Apinis in 1995.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: artworks, cultural identity, latvian communities, latvian immigration, artistic practices, weaving
Themes this item is part of: Anna Apinis, Latvian Migrant & Weaver, 1950
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: weaving
Format: Photograph: Colour
Maker of Item Depicted: Mrs Anna Apinis, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1995
Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1995

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