Image showing Ervin Apinis by the Countermarch floor loom. Ervins wife Anna Apinis and his daughter Anita both used this loom. Anita and Anna, weave in the Latvian tradition and were participants in the Artistic Practice and Cultural Identity Project. This picture was taken just before the loom was acquired by the museum in 1997.

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, passing this tradition down to her daughter Anita.

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Photograph of Ervins Apinis with the Countermarch floor loom on 2 March 1997. Ervins designed the loom for his wife Anna in a displaced persons camp in Germany following World War Two.

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Colour Photograph.

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