Sunday, August 19, 2018

Laos - Traditionally Lao Women's Clothing 2017

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 8 March 2017 
Design: Vongsavanh Damlongsouk 
Perforation: 12¾ x 13

Laos - Lao Traditional Wedding 2016

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 19 December 2016
Design: Vongsavanh Damlongsouk 
Perforation: 12¾ x 13

Laos - Ethnic Group in Laos 2011

Angola - Day of Africa 2010

Date of Issue: 25 May 2010

Africa Day

Africa Day (formerly African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day) is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) (now known as the African Union) on 25 May 1963. It is celebrated in various countries on the African continent, as well as around the world.

The First Congress of Independent African States was held in Accra, Ghana on 15 April 1958. It was convened by Prime Minister of Ghana Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and comprised representatives from Egypt (then a constituent part of the United Arab Republic), Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia and the Union of the Peoples of Cameroon. The Union of South Africa was not invited. The conference showcased progress of liberation movements on the Africa continent in addition to symbolizing the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation. Although the Pan-African Congress had been working towards similar goals since its foundation in 1900, this was the first time such a meeting had taken place on African soil.

The Conference called for the founding of an African Freedom Day, a day to "...mark each year the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation."

The conference was notable in that it laid the basis for the subsequent meetings of Africa heads of state and government during the Casablanca Group and the Monrovia Group era, until the formation of the OAU in 1963.

Five years later, on 25 May 1963, representatives of thirty African nations met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hosted by Emperor Haile Selassie. By then more than two-thirds of the continent had achieved independence, mostly from imperial European states. At this meeting, the Organisation of African Unity was founded, with the initial aim to encourage the decolonisation of Angola, Mozambique, South Africa and Southern Rhodesia. The organisation pledged to support the work conducted by freedom fighters, and remove military access to colonial nations. A charter was set out which sought to improve the living standards across member states. Selassie exclaimed, "May this convention of union last 1,000 years."

The charter was signed by all attendees on 26 May, with the exception of Morocco. At that meeting, Africa Freedom Day was renamed Africa Liberation Day. In 2002, the OAU was replaced by the African Union. However, the renamed celebration of Africa Day continued to be celebrated on 25 May in respect to the formation of the OAU.

Contemporary Celebrations
Africa Day continues to be celebrated both in Africa and around the world, mostly on 25 May (although in some cases these periods of celebrations can be stretched out over a period of days or weeks). Themes are set for each year's Africa Day, with 2015's being the "Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063". At an event in New York City in 2015, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson, delivered a message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in which he said, "Let us... intensify our efforts to provide Africa’s women with better access to education, work and healthcare and, by doing so, accelerate Africa’s transformation".

Angola - African Women's Day 2010

Date of Issue: 31 July 2010

On July 31, 2009, was set aside by the Africa Union for "Celebrating African Women’s Day"! I am urging you to join us in our continuing efforts to advocate for quality Maternity services for our disadvantaged sisters who continue to die needlessly in underserved communities!!

Death and disability of women have profound public health, human rights, and socio-economic consequences for families, communities, and countries. The highest figures of these deaths are recorded in developing countries, especially sub-Saharan Africa where rates in some countries are as high as 2000 per 100,000 live births, compared to less than 10 per 100,000 in the developed world. Problems include poor quality of health services, poor accessibility and weak referral systems. In-order to achieve MDG 5, the importance of enabling environments to promote good health of women cannot be over-emphasized. Yet, until recently, there has been profound lethargy of political will to aggressively address maternal health!

The Regional Prevention of Maternal & Neonatal Mortality (RPMM) Network is a non- governmental organization (NGO), consisting a network of multidisciplinary and multi-sector teams of professionals, currently in 22 Sub-Saharan African countries , working to contribute to the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in Africa, through capacity-building and advocacy. At our last regional review meeting in November 2008, it was agreed that the RPMM Network National Teams should consider celebrating the African Women’s Day, set aside for the 31 of July by the African Union.

The aim of celebrating the day is to draw attention to, and focus on addressing maternal and neonatal mortality in Africa. Our plan is to identify problems that need to be highlighted, first for that day and then follow up on the activities, to set targets on what we aim to achieve for the year, and beyond.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Spain - Spanish Military Uniform 1973-1978

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Issued on 17 July 1973:
1 Spanish Pesetas - Knight, Holy Fraternity of Castile, 1488
2 Spanish Pesetas - Knight, Castile, 1493, Horiz
3 Spanish Pesetas - Harquebusier, 1534
7 Spanish Pesetas - Mounted Rifleman, 1560
8 Spanish Pesetas - Infantry Sergeants, 1567

Issued on 05 January 1974:
1 Spanish Pesetas - Harquebusier on Horseback, 1603
2 Spanish Pesetas - Harquebusier, 1632
3 Spanish Pesetas - Cuirassier, 1635
5 Spanish Pesetas - Mounter Drummer of The Dragoons, 1677
9 Spanish Pesetas - Two Musketeers, 1694

Issued on 17 July 1974:
1 Spanish Pesetas - Hussar and Horse, 1705
2 Spanish Pesetas - Artillery Officers, 1710
3 Spanish Pesetas - Piper and drummer, Granada Regiment, 1734
7 Spanish Pesetas - Mounted Standard-Bearer, Numancia Dragoons, 1737
8 Spanish Pesetas - Standard-Bearer and Soldier, Zamora Regiment, 1739

Issued on 07 January 1975:
1 Spanish Pesetas - Sergeant and Grenadier, Toledo Regiment, 1750
2 Spanish Pesetas - Royal Artillery, 1762
3 Spanish Pesetas - Queen’s Regiment, 1763
5 Spanish Pesetas - Fusiliers, Vitoria Regiment, 1766
10 Spanish Pesetas - Dragoon, Sagunto Regiment, 1775

Issued on 17 July 1975:
1 Spanish Pesetas - Cavalry Officer, 1788
2 Spanish Pesetas - Fusilier, Asturias Regiment, 1789
3 Spanish Pesetas - Infantry Colonel, 1802
4 Spanish Pesetas - Artillery Standard-Bearer, 1803
7 Spanish Pesetas - Sapper, 1809

Issued on 17 July 1976:
1 Spanish Pesetas - Trumpeter, Alcantara Regiment, 1815
2 Spanish Pesetas - Sapper, 1821
3 Spanish Pesetas - Engineer in Dress Uniform, 1825
7 Spanish Pesetas - Artillery Infantry, 1828
25 Spanish Pesetas - Infantry Riflemen, 1830

Issued on 05 January 1977:
1 Spanish Pesetas - Outrider, Calatrava Lancers, 1844
2 Spanish Pesetas - Sapper, 1850
3 Spanish Pesetas - Corporal, Light Ciudad Infantry, 1861
4 Spanish Pesetas - Drum Major, 1861
20 Spanish Pesetas - Artillery Captain, Mounted, 1862

Issued on 16 July 1977:
1 Spanish Pesetas - Military Administration Official, 1875
2 Spanish Pesetas - Cavalry Lancers, 1883
3 Spanish Pesetas - General Staff Commander, 1884
7 Spanish Pesetas - Trumpeter, Divisional Artillery, 1887
25 Spanish Pesetas - Medical Corps Official, 1895

Issued on 05 January 1978:
1 Spanish Pesetas - Flag Bearer, 1908
2 Spanish Pesetas - Lieutenant Colonel, Hussar, 1909
3 Spanish Pesetas - Mounted Artillery Lieutenant, 1912
5 Spanish Pesetas - Engineers’ Cap- Monastery, Tain, 1921
12 Spanish Pesetas - Captain General, 1925

Great Britain - British Army Uniforms 1983

16 P - The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)
20.50 P -The Royal Welch Fusiliers
26 P - The Royal Green Jackets
28 P- Irish Guards
31 P - The Parachute Regiment

Gibraltar - Bicentenary of Royal Engineer 1972

With more than 900 years unbroken service to the crown, the Kent-based Corps of Royal Engineers is among the British Army’s finest.
Its origins date back to William the Conquerer and this year the corps marks its 200th year at Brompton Barracks, near Gillingham.
The barracks are home to the Royal School of Military Engineering and next door the Royal Engineers Museum, where its history has been honoured in an exhibition.
The Early Engineers Gallery shows how the corps, commonly known as the Sappers, has evolved from designing castles and planning sieges to the professional role of today.
The history of the engineers on Gibraltar and their key role in defending the principality from the longest-ever siege on English soil, which ran from 1779 to 1783. The Royal Engineers in Gibraltar has built centuries of fortifications and defences alongside the miles of tunnels within the rock.
A third room in the gallery looks at the corps’ role in the Peninsular War in the 19th century. The war was a turning point for the Engineers as it led to the Engineer Establishment being opened on Brompton Barracks near Gillingham in 1812. This provided the first standardised training for Royal Engineers. Now known as the Royal School of Military Engineering, it celebrates its 200th anniversary this year.

British Virgin Islands - Pirate Uniforms 1970

0.05 Cents - Mary Read c1720
10 Cents - George Lowther c1722
30 Cents - Edward Teach (Black Beard) c1717
60 Cents - Henry Morgan c.1670

Barbados - Barbados Regiment, Military Uniforms 1980

0.12 Barbadian Dollar - Artillery Company c1909, Barbados Volunteer Force
0.35 Barbadian Dollar - Drum Major, Zouave Uniform
0.50 Barbadian Dollar - Sovereign's Colour & Regimental Colour
1.00 Barbadian Dollar - Barabados Regiment Corps of Women

Papua New Guinea - German New Guinea & British New Guinea Police 1978

10 Papua New Guinean Kina - Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary
15 Papua New Guinean Kina - Mandated New Guinea Constabulary 1921-1941
20 Papua New Guinean Kina - British New Guinea Armed Constabulary 1890-1906
25 Papua New Guinean Kina - German New Guinea Police 1899-1914
30 Papua New Guinean Kina - Royal Papua & New Guinea Constabulary 1906-1964

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Poland - Army of King John III Sobieski 1983

Technical Details:

Date of Issue: 5 July 1983 
WM: None 
Sheetsize: 50
Design: R. Dudzicki
Engraving: R Dudzicki, B Wroblewski
Perforation: 11½ by 11

5z Dragoons
5z Knight in armor 
6z Non-commissioned Infantry Officers
15z Light Cavalryman
27z Hussars

The 300th Anniversary of the Victory over the Turks on Kahlenberg near Vienna by King John III Sobieski

The Battle of Vienna (German: Schlacht am Kahlen Berge or Kahlenberg; Polish: bitwa pod Wiedniem or odsiecz wiedeńska (The Relief of Vienna); Modern Turkish: İkinci Viyana Kuşatması, Ottoman Turkish: Beç Ḳalʿası Muḥāṣarası) took place at Kahlenberg Mountain near Vienna on 12 September 1683 after the imperial city had been besieged by the Ottoman Empire for two months. The battle was fought by the Habsburg Monarchy, the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth and the Holy Roman Empire, under the command of King John III Sobieski against the Ottomans and their vassal and tributary states. The battle marked the first time the Commonwealth and the Holy Roman Empire had cooperated militarily against the Ottomans, and it is often seen as a turning point in history, after which "the Ottoman Turks ceased to be a menace to the Christian world". In the ensuing war that lasted until 1699, the Ottomans lost almost all of Hungary to the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I.

The battle was won by the combined forces of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation and the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, the latter represented only by the forces of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland (the march of the Lithuanian army was delayed, and they reached Vienna after it had been relieved). The Viennese garrison was led by Ernst Rudiger Graf von Starhemberg, an Austrian subject of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I. The overall command was held by the senior leader, the King of Poland John III Sobieski, who led the relief forces.

The opposing military forces were those of the Ottoman Empire and Ottoman fiefdoms, commanded byGrand Vizier Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Pasha. The Ottoman army numbered approximately 90,000 to 300,000 men (according to documents on the order of battle found in Kara Mustafa's tent, initial strength at the start of the campaign was 170,000 men. They began the siege on 14 July 1683. Ottoman forces consisted, among other units, of 60 ortas of Janissaries (12,000 men paper-strength) with an observation army of some 70,000 men watching the countryside. The decisive battle took place on 12 September, after the united relief army had arrived.

Historians suggest the battle marked the turning point in the Ottoman-Habsburg wars, a 300-year struggle between the Holy Roman and Ottoman Empires. During the 16 years following the battle, the Austrian Habsburgsgradually recovered and dominated southern Hungary and Transylvania, which had been largely cleared of Ottoman forces. The battle is noted for including the largest known cavalry charge in history.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Romania - Guilds of Brasov 1995

Stamps Designer: M.Vămășescu
Perforation: 13¼

40 Romanian Leu - Tanar (Young Man)
60 Romanian Leu - Batran (Old Man)
150 Romanian Leu - Curcan
280 Romanian Leu - Dorobant
350 Romanian Leu - Brasovechean
500 Romanian Leu -Rosior
635 Romanian Leu - Albior

Norfolk Islands - Military Uniforms 1982

27 c - 50th (Queen's Own) Regiment
40 c - 58th (Rutlandshire) Regiment
55 c - 80th (Staffordshire Volunteers) Battalion Company
65 c - 11th (North Devonshire) Regiment

Pertugal - Moda Portugal, Portuguese Fashion 2004

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 10 November 2004
Width: 60.0 mm
Height: 31.5 mm
Denomination: 0.45 €
Number in set 10 (show set)
Perforations: 13.8 by 14
Stamp Issuing Authority: CTT Correios de Portugal SA
Printer: Cartor Security Printing

0.45 Euro - Portuguese Fashion - Alexandra Moura
0.45 Euro - Portuguese Fashion - Ana Salazar
0.45 Euro - Portuguese Fashion - Filiope Faisca
0.45 Euro - Portuguese Fashion - J. Branco/ L. Sanchez
0.45 Euro - Portuguese Fashion - J. Antonio Tenente
0.45 Euro - Portuguese Fashion - Luis Buchinho
0.45 Euro - Portuguese Fashion - Osvaldo Martins
0.45 Euro - Portuguese Fashion - Dino Alves
0.45 Euro - Portuguese Fashion - Alves/ Goncalves
0.45 Euro - Portuguese Fashion - Fatima Lopes

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Ireland - Military Uniform 1995

Ireland Military Uniforms:
Irish Brigade - French Army (28p)
Tercio Irlanda - Army of Flanders (32p)
Royal Dublin Fusiliers (32p) **
St Patrick's Battttalion - Papal Army (38p)
The Fighting 69th - Army of Potomac 1861 (52p)

Date of Issue: 15 May 1995
Design: David McAllister
Numbers Issued
28p: 1,000,000
32p: 1,000,000
32p: 1,000,000
38p: 500,000
52p: 500,000

Sri Lanka - Traditional Sinhalese Exorcism Ritual 2018

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 08 August 2018
Dimensions: 41mm x 30mm
Price: LKR 15.00
Issued Quantity: 500,000

Traditional Sinhalese Exorcism Ritual: 
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 01/18 (Bootha Sanniya)
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 02/18 (Abootha Sanniya)
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 03/18 (Beetha Sanniya)
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 04/18 (Bihiri Sanniya)
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 05/18 (Golu Sanniya) 
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 06/18 (Kora Sanniya)
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 07/18 (Amukku Sanniya)
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 08/18 (Naga Sanniya)
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 09/18 (Murthu Sanniya)
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 10/18 (Demala Sanniya)
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 11/18 (Ginjal Sanniya)
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 12/18 (Seethala Sanniya)
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 13/18 (Vatha Sanniya)
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 14/18 (Wedi Sanniya)
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 15/18 (Pith Sanniya)
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 16/18 (Kana Sanniya)
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 17/18 (Gulma Sanniya)
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - 18/18 (Dewa Sanniya)

Soevenir Sheet:
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - Traditional Sinhalese Exorcism Ritual (SS) Orange
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - Traditional Sinhalese Exorcism Ritual (SS) Yellow
90 Sri Lankan Rupee - Traditional Sinhalese Exorcism Ritual (SS) Green

Sanni Yakuma
Sanni yakuma, sometimes known as Daha ata sanniya is a traditional Sinhalese exorcism ritual. The ritual consists of 18 masked dances, each depicting a particular illness or ailment affecting humans. These 18 dances are the main dances of the Pahatharata, or low country, dancing form, which is one of the three main dancing forms of Sri Lanka. The ritual calls the demons who are thought to affect the patient, who are then told not to trouble humans and banished.

It was believed that illnesses were brought on humans by demons and these beliefs and rituals could have prehistoric roots.  According to folklore, the 18 demons who are depicted in the Sanni Yakuma originated during the time of the Buddha. The story goes that the king of Licchavis of Vaishali suspected his queen of committing adultery and had her killed. However, she gave birth when she was executed and her child became the Kola Sanniya, who grew up "feeding on his mother's corpse". The Kola Sanni demon destroyed the city, seeking vengeance on his father, the king.  He created eighteen lumps of poison and charmed them, thereby turning them into demons who assisted him in his destruction of the city.  They killed the king, and continued to wreak havoc in the city, "killing and eating thousands" daily, until finally being tamed by the Buddha and agreed to stop harming humans.

Each of these demons are believed to affect humans in the form of an illnesses, and the Sanni Yakuma ritual summons these demons and banishes them back to the demon world after bringing them under control. Although it is unclear when the ritual began, it has been performed in the southern and western parts of the country since ancient times

The name of the ritual comes from the Sinhala word sanniya meaning disease or ailment, and yakuma meaning demon ritual. In Sri Lankan culture, exorcism rituals are known as tovil. The Sanni Yakuma is possibly the best known exorcism ritual in the country. It is a mix of traditional beliefs regarding spirits with Buddhism. Before performing the healing ritual, the lead performer known as the yakadura determines whether the patient is affected by a demon, and schedules the ritual for an auspicious day and time, usually from dusk to dawn. The Edura or Yakadura is the Shaman Healer and is usually a fisherman, drummer or farmer. It has two main stages, namely the Ata Paliya and Daha Ata Sanniya. The dancers are dressed in colourful attire and masks, and perform swift and complex dance steps and spins accompanied by rhythmical drum beats. Rather comic and somewhat obscene dialogues take place between the drummer and the demon on stage, in which the demon is humiliated. For example, Moore and Myerhoff (1977) describe the following dialogue translated from Sinhala:

Drummer: Where are you off to?
Demon: I am off to Maradana by a first class express bus.
Drummer: ...What was it I saw you doing only yesterday? You pissed near the sacred bodhi tree, then shitted on the temple grounds after which you stole a monk's robes. What else have you done? ...
Demon: You peretaya!
Drummer: Aah – you are only a mad demon – beneath contempt

Ata Paliya
Ata Paliya is the name given to the eight dances in the first stage of the ritual. Before the dances begin, the Yakadura prepares some offerings for the demons, which will be given to them by the patient. The Ata Paliya depicts eight palis who bless the patient. This includes the Suniyan Yakshaniya who appears thrice as a beautiful damsel, a pregnant woman and a woman carrying a baby. This is followed by Maruwa (death) and demons called Kalu Yaka, Vatha Kumara and Kalu Kumara. The other palis are known as Anguru Dummala Paliya, Kalaspaliya and Salupaliya.

Daha Ata Sanniya
Although the Daha Ata Sanniya is part of the Sanni Yakuma, the name is sometimes used to refer to the ritual itself. This is the stage when the sanni demons make their appearance one after the other. The demons who first appear frightening when they enter the stage in frenzied dances are then shown as comic figures through enactments, with them being humiliated and forced to do various things. The Kola Sanni demon enters last, who is depicted as a non Buddhist demon. In the end, he is made to obtain the permission of the Buddha and accept offerings from humans, and agrees to stop troubling them. In the end, the dancer appears before the patient after removing the mask.

Although there are only eighteen demons, there is a variety of sanni masks that differ from place to place. However, the eighteen most commons masks (and names of the demons) are as follows:
DemonAssociated ailment
Amukku SanniyaVomiting and stomach diseases
Abutha SanniyaNon–spirit related insanity
Butha SanniyaSpirit related insanity
Bihiri SanniyaDeafness
Deva SanniyaEpidemic diseases
Gedi SanniyaBoild and skin diseases
Gini Jala SanniyaMalaria and other high fevers
Golu SanniyaDumbness
Gulma SanniyaParasitic worms and stomach diseases
Jala SanniyaCholera and chills
Kana SanniyaBlindness
Kora SanniyaLameness and paralysis
Maru SanniyaDelirium and death
Naga SanniyaBad dreams about snakes
Pissu SanniyaTemporary insanity
Pith SanniyaBilious diseases
Slesma SanniyaPhlegm and epilepsy
Vatha SanniyaFlatulence and rheumatism

Current Status
The Sanni Yakuma is still performed today, particularly along the south coast, though more often as a cultural spectacle than an exorcism ritual. However, it is not widely performed because of the high costs involved and also because of its long duration. The 2004 Indian Ocean Eartquake and Tsunami also has affected its survival. Though the coastal regions came under colonial influences as well as prior foreign influences, the art was best preserved in the south-west coast.

Kazakhstan - Traditional Costumes 2017

Technical Details:
Size: 40 * 28
Edition: 10000
Printing Method: Offset Printing in 4 Colors
Perforation: Comb
Designer/ Artist: Marshev S.
Printing House : RUE "Bobruisk Enlarged P
rinting House. A.T.Nepogodina
Date of Cancellation: 28 December 2017

Kazakhstan - Applied Arts of Kazakhstan, Kimeshek National Headdress 2014

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 12 April 2015
Number of Stamps: 4

Size of Stamp: 28 mm x 40 mm
Size of Soevenir Sheet: 84 * 120
Edition: 10000

Perforation: 13 by 13
Printing Method: Offset Printing in 4 Colors
Perforation: Frame

Designer / Artist: S. Marshev
Printing House : RUE "Bobruisk Enlarged Printing House. A.T.Nepogodina

50 Kazakhstani Tenge - Kimeshek (Shygys r-n)
50 Kazakhstani Tenge - Kimeshek (Almaty r-n)
50 Kazakhstani Tenge - Kimeshek (Karagandy r-n)
50 Kazakhstani Tenge - Kimeshek (Pavlodar r-n)

Kazakhstan - National Costumes 2012

Technical Details:
Number of stamps per sheet: 10
Size: 28 * 40
Edition: 22000
Printing Method: Offset Printing in 4 Colors
Perforation: Comb
Designer/ Artist: G.Ibraishina K.Ibraishin
Printing House : RUE "Publishing House" Belarusian Printing House "
The First Day Postmark Design: S.Marshav

Kazakhstan - Headdress, Joint Issue with Mongolia 2004

Technical Details:
Number of stamps per sheet: 20
Edition: 30000
Printing method: Offset Printing in 4 Colors
Perforation: Comb
Designer / Artist: D. Mukhamedzhanov, O. Odbayar
Printing House: Beijing Postal Payment Signage Factory (PRC)

New Zealand - World of Wearable Art 2004

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 5 May 2004
Number of stamps: Five
Denominations and Designs: 45c 'Dragon Fish', 90c 'Persephone's Descent', $1.35
'Meridian', $1.50 'Taunga Ika', $2.00 'Cailleach Na Mara' (Sea Witch)
Stamps Designed by: Cato Design, Wellington
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four Process Colours
Stamp Size and Format: 40mm x 30mm (vertical)
Paper Type: Tullis Russell 104gsm Red Phosphor Stamp Paper
Number of Stamps per Sheet: 25
Perforation Guage:14
Special Blocks: Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B format.

Garments that defy all preconceptions, performances that draw gasps of awe and astonishment, music that takes your breath away… this is the World of WearableArt, an exhilarating feast for the senses, an inspiring experience for the soul.

Issue information

The wonderful Montana World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards Show is celebrated every year. Ever since its first appearance in Nelson in 1987, WOW has electrified audiences and critics alike. Today, it is an internationally acclaimed seven-night theatrical extravaganza - an achievement we applauded with this gorgeous range of five new stamps.
Imagination Unlimited

The hugely successful WOW Awards attracts entries from New Zealand and around the world, with performers ranging from magicians and ballroom dancers to aerial artists and opera singers.

We celebrated the diversity and colour of this wonderful unique event with a lavish first day cover.

And for the perfect collecting complement, a presentation pack was also available which contained information on each of the stamps as well as copies of the first day cover and five stamps.
Wildly Wonderful Ways

The WOW limited edition was an insight into this multi-award winning event, which has enthralled audiences for over 17 years. With information on the garments, their designers and the history of the Awards, this exclusive product was a highly sought-after collectors item (only 2,000 were produced).

0.45 New Zealand Dollar - Dragon Fish
Using hand-dyed, stencilled and ruched silk organza, split cane and recycled baskets, Susan Holmes of Auckland created 'Dragon Fish', a gloriously fantastic creature that captivated audiences and judges alike in the 1996 WOW® Awards. Winner of the Chez Eelco Supreme Award, Dragon Fish is a superb combination of the impossible and the practical, with a beautiful evening gown skilfully hidden beneath its layers.

0.90 New Zealand Dollar - Persephone’s Descent
'Persephone's Descent' was the first garment Stuart Johnson of Wellington had ever entered in the Montana WOW® Awards Show - and it went on to win him the ultimate accolade, the 2002 Montana Supreme Award. Created from hand-made components of mild and stainless steel, brass, chain, wood, leather, pewter and rotary clothesline parts, the garment reflects Johnson's interest in historical armour and the skills he has applied as armourer to The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy

1.35 New Zealand Dollar - Meredian
Rowan McLennan of Napier entered 'Meridian' as a third entry in the Montana WOW Awards Show. This lovely silk garment symbolises the return of energy, vitality and strength to the artist's body after a long illness, a bold, vibrant and passionate statement that celebrates life, warmth and sunshine. The extravagant creation earned McLennan the 2002 Wales & MacKinlay Silk Award.

1.50 New Zealand Dollar - Taunga ika 
The traditions and traits of Māori culture took on a new twist with 'Taunga Ika', Highly Commended to the Montana Supreme WOW Awards in 2001. Inspiration for designer Louise Neilson of Nelson came from prehistoric Māori fish hooks, representing strength, power, beauty and an entire way of life, while her source materials are harakeke (flax), supplejack, pumice and muka.

2.00 New Zealand Dollar - Cailleach Na Mara
Jan Kerr of Waikanae has long been a successful WOW entrant, but her 2001 entry stood out from the rest. This 'bag lady from the sea' positively drips with oceanic treasures, from recycled materials to old lace, beads, papier mâachée sea creatures, driftwood, old bones and shells. 'Sea Witch' is a product of her possessions and her environment, and deserving of being Highly Commended to the Air New Zealand Oceanic Section of the WOW Awards.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Paraguay - The 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations with South Korea 2012

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 28 June 2012
Subject Paraguay and Korea's 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relationships
Width: 45.0 mm
Height: 35.0 mm
Denomination 2000 PYG
Number in Set: 3 (show set)
Perforations: Imperforate
Stamp Issuing Authority: Correo Paraguayo
Printer: Fiscal Assets Department - Asunción

2000 Paraguayan Guarani - Paraguayan Bottle Dances & Korean Fan Dances
2000 Paraguayan Guarani - Paraguayan Bottle Dances
2000 Paraguayan Guarani - Korean Fan Dances

Moldova - Medieval Moldova 2012


Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 31 May 2012
Primary Theme: Military (Military equipment) 
Width: 46.0 mm
Height: 27.5 mm
Layout/Format: Sheet of 10
Perforations: 14 by 14.5
Stamp Designer: Vladimir Melnic
Printer: Printing House Nova Imprim Chisinau Moldova
Stamp Issuing Authority: Ministére de la technologie de l’information et des communications Republique de Moldova

Medieval Moldova:
0.85 Moldovan Bani - War Machine Berbec
1.20 Moldovan Leu - Soldier
1.50 Moldovan Leu - Captain
5.40 Moldovan Leu - Catapult

Moldova - Winter Customs and Traditions 2015

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 4 December 2015
Width: 34.0 mm
Height: 34.0 mm
Denomination: 1.75 MDL, 9.50 MDL
Number in Set: 2 (show set)
Layout/Format: Sheet of 8
Perforations: 13 by 13
Stamps Designer: Iurie Palkov
Printer: Printing House Nova Imprim Chisinau Moldova
Stamp Issuing Authority: Ministére de la technologie de l’information et des communications Republique de Moldova

1.75 Moldovan Leu - Winter National Traditions and Customs - The Star (Steaua)
9.50 Moldovan Leu - Winter National Traditions and Customs - The Plough (Pluguşorul)

The Post of Moldova has already issued several sets of stamps in the past devoted to winter traditions and popular celebrations ("sărbători de iarnă") in the country and sometimes also in neighboring Romania.

On December 4, 2015, a new nice series (2 stamps) about that theme of winter popular customs and traditions ("datini şi obiceiuri de iarnă") was issued, in particular traditional processions, "Pluguşorul" and "Steaua", performed in Moldovan villages at this period of Christmas and New Year.

These two stamps, each printed in sheet of 8 stamps, are included on the nice FDC below (designed by Iurii Palkov, also the author of the stamps) with cancellation from Chişinău (MD-2012), issued only in 400 copies.

"Pluguşorul" (literally "the little plough"), on the L 9.50 stamp (print run : 300,000) is a very old secular custom referring to farming works. Groups of children and teenagers carrying a pluguşor, a small wooden stylized plough symbolizing fertility, are going from house to house, wearing masks, holding whips and bells and reciting poems glorifying farm work.
In the houses, they're being offered money and ring biscuits made from bread (present on the stamp, the illustration on the envelope and the postmark).

The other stamp (L 1.75, print run : 300,000) evokes the religious connotation tradition called "Steaua" ("Star") devoted to the birth of Christ. A procession of children brandishing a Steaua are going from house to house, where they sing Christmas carols.

During the period of Lent, children prepare this procession especially in making this star-shaped item (also featured on the stamp, the illustration on the envelope and the postmark), with in its center, an icon of the Virgin and Child, decorated with fir branches, ribbons, bells and various other colored accessories.

Moldova - Traditional Rituals and Customs (I) & (II) 2013

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 20 June 2013
Width: 46.0 mm
Height: 27.5 mm
Layout/Format: Sheet of 10
Perforations 14 by 14.5
Stamp Designer: Simion Zamsa
Printer Printing House Nova Imprim Chisinau Moldova
Stamp issuing authority Ministére de la technologie de l’information et des communications Republique de Moldova

Traditional Rituals and Customs:
1.75 Moldovan Leu - Cleaning of Wells
1.75 Moldovan Leu - Paparuda - A Rain Ritual


Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 22 November 2013
Width: 46.0 mm
Height: 27.5 mm
Layout/Format: Sheet of 10
Perforations: 14 by 14.5
Stamp Designer: Simion Zamsa
Printer: Printing House Nova Imprim Chisinau Moldova
Stamp Issuing Authority: Ministére de la technologie de l’information et des communications Republique de Moldova

Traditional Rituals and Customs:
1.75 Moldovan Leu - A band of Carolers

Moldova - Christmas Ritual 2009

Moldova - Traditional Blouses, Elements of National Costume 2015

Tehnical Details:
Date of Issue: 24 June 2015
Width 34.0 mm
Height 34.0 mm
Denomination 1.75 MDL, 11.00 MDL
Number in set: 2 (show set)
Layout/Format: Sheet of 8
Perforations: 13 by 13
Stamp Designer: Alexandr Kornienco
Printer: Printing House Nova Imprim Chisinau Moldova
Stamp Issuing Authority: Ministére de la technologie de l’information et des communications Republique de Moldova

1.75 Moldovan Leu - Elements of National Costume (Beginning of XX Century)
11.00 Moldovan Leu - Elements of National Costume (1925)

On June 24, 2015 the Post of Moldova has released a beautiful series (2 stamps) dedicated to one of the female national costume elements, the traditional blouse called "ie".

These two stamps (print run : 250,000 each), designed by Alexandr Kornienko, are included on the official FDC below (design: Maria Maximenco, print run : 300) with a cancellation from Chisinau (Office No. 9).

To note the FDC postmark, featuring some embroidery elements of this blouse, as well as the other two cachets, a conventional hand postmark (with a blue ink) and a special cancellation mentioning that June 24 is celebrated as the Universal Day of that blouse ("Ziua universală a iei") !

I guess that this Universal Day is also celebrated in neighboring Romania since this type of blouse is also popular in this country.

The two examples of "ie" blouses depicted on these two stamps respectively date from the early 20th century (L 1,75) and 1925 (L 11).

This element of the Moldovan national costume is very old and also similar to the existing blouses in some Slavic countries (Serbia, Bulgaria...).

This blouse, on white background, is made up of three parts including more or less elaborate embroidery (altiţă, increţ and râuri).

Moldova - Folk Dances 2010

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 18 September 2010
Width: 46.0 mm
Height: 27.5 mm
Denomination: 0.85 MDL, 5.40 MDL
Number in Set: 2 (show set)
Layout/Format: Sheet of 10
Perforations: 14 by 14
Stamp Designer: Alexei Colabneac
Printer: Enterprise d'Etat editorial-polygraphique Tipografia Centrala Chisinau Moldova
Stamp issuing Authority; Ministere du developpement de l'information, Republique de Moldova

0.85 Moldovan Bani - Traditional Dances II - Moldoveneasca
5.40 Moldovan Leu - Traditional Dances II - Calusarii

Moldova - Folk Dances, Joint Issue with Azerbaijan 2015

Technical Details:
Date of Issue 16 October 2015
Width: 46.0 mm
Height: 27.5 mm
Denomination 1.75 MDL, 11.00 MDL
Number in set: 2 (show set)
Layout/Format: Sheet of 10
Perforations: 14 by 14.5
Stamp Designer: Oleg Cojocari
Printer Printing House Nova Imprim Chisinau Moldova
Stamp issuing authority Ministére de la technologie de l’information et des communications Republique de Moldova

Folk Dances - Joint issue Republic of Moldova and Republic of Azerbaijan:
1.75 Moldovan Leu - Traditional Dance of Moldova
11.00 Moldovan Leu - Traditional Dance of Azerbaijan