Lease stick from the countermarch floor loom. Used to hold the cross together when warping the loom. The holes at either end assist in tying lease sticks together and/or attaching them to the loom frame for support. The Countermarch Floor Loom was made for Anna Apinis by fellow survivors of World War II, in Memmingen, a displaced persons camp in Germany with wood scavenged from bombed-out ruins. It was designed by Anna's husband Ervins. Anna used the loom to weave traditional Latvian designs using threads gathered by unraveling old scraps of fabric. Anna brought the loom with her to Australia and continued to weave Latvian designs on it.

Physical Description

Thin, flat, dark brown wooden stick. It is smooth with curved edges and one hole drilled at either end.

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