Menu toggle

National Museum of Australia

Where our stories come alive

Collection Explorer


Dress from Lielvarde Latvian costume


Dress from Lielvarde Latvian costume

Object information

Physical description

A sleeveless, red and black plaid fabric dress with a pleated skirt. The top is lined with red satin-like fabric. There are two hook and eye claps and three press studs at the waist and down the front opening of the pleats. Sewn in white into the inside front of the dress is the text "BUDULS".

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.

Object information

Back to top