Piece of woven fabric, using the Northern Star or Auseklis motif, one of the most popular motifs in Latvian design. Woven by Anna Apinis, circa 1960-1970 on a hand made draw loom using 17 shafts. This piece was made to order for a national costume to be worn at Latvian functions, it was made as a skirt length, but was used as a wall hanging for many years. The loom on which this fabric was woven was made for Anna 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 unravelling old scraps of fabric. Anna brought the loom with her to Australia and continued to weave Latvian designs on it.

Physical Description

This fabric length was woven in wool for the skirt of a Latvia National Dress from the Zemgale region. It has been woven in multicoloured stripes and patterns using red, white, black, green, yellow and maroon wool.

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