Naturally coloured linen waistcoat / sleeveless jacket decorated with an embroidered black pattern of geometric curves at the edges, on the chest and hips. The waistcoat is lined with a coarse linen fabric. There is a hook eye fastener at front. The waistcoat is gathered above each hip into a flare.
Guna Kinne collection no. 1
Mrs Kinne's experiences are representative of post-war Latvian migration to Australia. After World War Two, the Australian Government adopted a new immigration policy which encouraged European emigration to Australia to boost a low population. By 1952 almost 20,000 Latvians had come to Australia as part of the program. Many, including Mrs Kinne, participated in Latvian community organisations formed to help maintain cultural activities and provide mutual social support as emigrants adapted to life in their new country. Mrs Kinne and her husband Arturs arrived in 1948 and settled in Maffra, Wangaratta and then Melbourne in Victoria. Mr Kinne attempted to make a living through his wood carving and used his skills in dairy production while Mrs Kinne continued her artistic skills through colouring photos as paid employment and painting as a hobby.
Mrs Guna Kinne
Linen, Cotton thread