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Boat Shuttle - Ervin Apinis, With Rollers, Wooden, Parkes, circa 1950 Object Reg. No: SH 961593

Boat Shuttle with rollers, made by Ervin Apinis, circa 1950 in Parkes, New South Wales. Ervin made the shuttle for his wife Anna at the Parkes Holding Centre in NSW when the couple first immigrated to Australia from post war Germany. Anna established a weaving studio in Parkes and Ervin made the tools she needed from local materials and modelled them on tools brought from Germany.

Anna attended weaving lessons in Liepaja in Latvia from 1930 to 1933 and had a loom constructed for her with wood scavenged from bombed-out ruins, during her time in a Displaced Persons camp in Memmingen, Germany. Anna used her loom to weave ancient Latvian designs using the threads from old scraps of fabric. Anna brought her loom to Australia when she migrated in 1950. 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. Anna kept her cultural traditions alive through her daughter Anita who continues to weave on Anna's loom to this day, and is involved in the Australian Latvian community.
Wooden shuttle used for weaving. The shuttle is smooth and has pointed ends. A metal rod passes through the wide hole in the centre of the shuttle. Cream weaving yarn has been wound around a cardboard tube, held in the shuttle by the metal rod. A simple wooden roller at each end of the shuttle, enables it to pass more smoothly through the shed, the space between the warp threads.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, 1996
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 30.50 cm (Height), 2.50 cm (Width), 4.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: crafts, cultural identity, cultural traditions, handcrafts, latvian communities, latvian immigration, tools
Themes this item is part of: Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Anna Apinis, Latvian Migrant & Weaver, 1950, Anna Apinis, Latvian Migrant & Weaver, 1950
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: weaving
Maker: Mr Ervins Apinis, Parkes, New South Wales, Australia, 1950 or later
User: Mrs Anna Apinis, Parkes, New South Wales, Australia, 1950-1996

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