Lam from the countermarch floor loom. Lams are attached to the treadles (foot pedals) via treadle cords or a tie-up. They are the part of the mechanism that actually lifts and lowers the shafts on the loom. 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, rectangular wooden stick with 18 holes drilled through the side. The holes are not placed along the entire length of wood. The end where there are no side holes features a larger hole drilled through the top.

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