New Australians show handicrafts
NINETEEN - YEAR - OLD Antaniaa Laukaitis ('Anna' to her friends) is spending her holidays showing treasures of her homeland, Lithuania, to viBifnm tn thp travelling exhibition of arts and
crafts by New Australians. The exhibition was opened in Pinneys Art Gallery yester day. In four days' time it will move to Ipswich, then Too woomba. Dressed in her national cos tume, she spent yesterday pointing out such things as— A 100-year-old hand-worked apron; wooden eggs covered with minute painted scenes; :xquisite woodwork; beautiful land-woven clothes, and hand :mbroidered blouses worn by Lithuanians on national days. Women visitors to the dis play clustered around the handiwork of Ukraine women. Youthful artist, Leonid Denysenko, in charge of this section, displayed recently hand-woven carpets along with an embroidered blouse, 112 years old, a wooden cross carved in 1888, a 40-year-old album valued at £100. Asked the secret of the vivid colour combinations, he replied that white was mostly used as backgrounds for the embroid- ery. 'Then we break down
colours by using black with them — hence the richness of colour," he said. Thirteen countries are repre- sented in the exhibition which is the New Australians' con- tribution to the jubilee of their new homeland.