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Slide - Anna & Ervins Apinis, Melbourne, 23 Aug 1987 Image Reg. No: MM 102861

Slide showing two elderly people, Anna is seated and Ervin stands to her left. A Latvian weaving hangs behind them, presumably, Anna's work.

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:
Slide showing Anna and Ervins Apinis in Melbourne on the 23 August 1987. They are standing in front of a Latvian weaving, which was most likely made by Anna.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman
Discipline: History

More information

Tagged with: artworks, cultural identity, latvian communities, latvian immigration, artistic practices, weaving
Themes this item is part of: Anna Apinis, Latvian Migrant & Weaver, 1950, Cultural Diversity Collection, Images & Image Making Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Settlement - Cultural & Social Life
Tertiary Classification: family portraits
Format: Slide: Colour; 35 mm
Person Depicted: Mrs Anna Apinis, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 Aug 1987
Person Depicted: Mr Ervins Apinis, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 Aug 1987
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 Aug 1987
Maker of Item Depicted: Mrs Anna Apinis, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 Aug 1987

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