Cream linen shirt with traditional Latvian patterns from the Nica Region. It is part of a whole costume which includes a vest, socks and handkerchief. It was woven by Anna Apinis in Sydney in the 1960s. 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 the World War II in at Memmingen a displaced persons camp in Germany.
In 1950 Anna migrated to Australia with her father Ernest, husband Ervins and son Eriks. 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 Anita who continues to weave to this day.
Cream linen shirt with open neck to chest with collar embroidered in dark brown snowflake and geometric pattern. Full length sleeves with triangular panels under arms, cuffs edged with dark brown and cream stitched pattern and fastened with fabric buttons and loop holes. Pulled thread border along collar.
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.
Donation from Mrs Anita Apinis-Herman, June 2010
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Type of item
1600 mm (Width), 640 mm (Height)
Width from cuff to cuff; height from collar to hem
530 (Length), 230 (Width)