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Brooch from Rucava Latvian costume

2007.0026.0001.008

Brooch from Rucava Latvian costume

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Physical description

A circular metal brooch embossed with flowers, bunches of fruit and dots which run in a symmetrical pattern on the surface. The brooch is raised and features a hole in the centre, across which is a clasp of metal is attached by a hole to one side of the central hole. The clasp is curved slightly to mould to the brooch shape, and it is decorated with lines and crosses. A rope design is soldered to the outside and inside circumference of the brooch. On the reverse of the brooch "Ilzei 10.8.61" has been engraved. A maker's mark is stamped near the hole created for the prong.

Statement of significance

The Lidija Buduls and Family collection consists of 32 items which make up three Latvian national costumes worn and made by members of the Buduls family. One blouse was made in Riga in 1936 by Lidija Buduls and the other items were made by various members of the Buduls family and the Sydney Latvian community between 1959 and 1980 for Lidija and her two daughters, Ilze and Anna. There are ten silver brooches of Latvian design and the remaining items are textiles - a dress, skirts, vests, blouses, belts, shawls, a bonnet, coronets and socks - many embroidered or woven with Latvian patterns.

The Buduls costumes reflects significant aspects of Australia's Post World War II migration experiences. These three costumes display the continuation of traditional Latvian practices, such as weaving, embroidery and dance, in Australia. The costumes are also significant to the foundation and continuation of Latvian educational institutions in Australia, particularly in Sydney as they were made and worn by the children in performances and special events. They are also associated with Lidija Buduls whose involvement with the Sydney Latvian Society Primary School as a parent, teacher and principal spanned thirty years. The dresses are also an important illustration of children's experiences of having Latvian heritage in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

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