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Brooch from Dignaja Latvian costume

2007.0026.0002.008

Brooch from Dignaja Latvian costume

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Physical description

A domed, circular, metal brooch with a hole in the centre. It features a design of punched holes around the inner and outer circumferences between which is etched an intersecting rope pattern. There is a scalloped strip of metal forming a bar which is soldered down across the front of the central hole. It bears the incsription on the reverse "STG SIL", and there is a maker's mark next to it.

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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