Child's skirt which forms part of a Latvian national costume which uses traditional patterns from the Dignaja Region. It was made by Anita Apinis in Canberra in the 1980s for her daughter Kaja. The entire costume includes a skirt, shirt, belt and crown, and each piece was made by a different Latvian woman. Anita is a second generation Latvian weaver, taught by her mother Anna and then undertook further training at the Melbourne College of Textiles.

Anita's parents, Anna and Ervins, migrated to Australia in 1950, after spending time in a displaced persons camp Memmingin in Germany following World War Two. Anna had learnt to weave in Latvia and continued weaving in Australia, becoming one of the few suppliers of Latvian national costumes in the 1950s and 1960s.

Physical Description

Woven child's skirt, gathered at waistband and fully hemmed. Fastened at waistband with green plastic button and metal press stud. Inside waistband there is a brown plastic inner button to secure band. Green, brown and cream striped design with 'v' pattern.


Significance: These items form part of the Apinis Latvian weaving collection, a collection of Latvian weavings, tools (including a countermarch floor loom), weaving notebooks, costume items and audio visual interviews. Its historical and cultural significance lies in the comprehensive documentation of the story through artefacts and narratives, the quality of the weavings and the rarity of particular items such as the loom created in a German displaced persons' camp after World War II and notebooks kept from the 1930s to preserve traditional Latvian weaving techniques. The collection documents the maintenance and transportation of cultural traditions.

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