Saturday, April 7, 2012

Laos - Women's Traditional Costumes 2002

Women's Traditional Costumes:
Issued on 10 January 2002
Perforation: 14 x 14 1/2

Lao Kip 200  - Meuy
Lao Kip 300  - Leu
Lao Kip 500  - Tai Kouane
Lao Kip 700  - Tai Dam
Lao Kip 1000 - Tai Men
Lao Kip 1500 - Lanten
Lao Kip 2500 - Hmong
Lao Kip 3000 - Phouxang
Lao Kip 3500 - Taitheng
Lao Kip 4000 - Tai O
Lao Kip 5000 - Tai Dam

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Vietnam - Traditional Costumes of Vietnamese Women (Ao Dai) 2012

Ao Dai of Vietnamese women
Ao Dai is Vietnam's traditional dress, which was first designed over hundred years ago. This traditional dress was renewed many times under different namesand finally became Vietnam ladies' current formal dress. It is usually worn in formal events, festivals and is now a popular uniform for girl students.

Date of issue: 08 March 2012
Stamp size: 31x46 (mm)
Perforation: 13
Sheet composition: 25
Designers: Ms. Vu Kim Lien
Printing process: Offset
Colour: Multicoloured
Paper: Gummed
Printer: Postal Stamps Printing Company (in Ho Chi Minh City)

Vietnam 2011 - Quan họ Bắc Ninh Folk Song (Cultural Heritage Intangible Representation of Humanity)

Quan họ Bắc Ninh (cultural heritage intangible representation of humanity)

Quan họ Bắc Ninh are folk songs of Northern delta of Vietnam. The songs are performed as alternating verses between two women from one village who sing in harmony, and two men from another village who respond with similar melodies. It also is a form ofinstantexchange oflovebetweenmen and women. Quan họ Bắc Ninh is recognized as the cultural heritage intangible representation of humanity by UNESCO on 30th of September 2009.

Date of issue: 15 January 2011
Stamp size: 43 x 32 (mm) & 32 x 43 (mm)
Block size: 90 x 60 (mm)
Perforation: 13
Sheet composition: 20 (4x5)
Designer: Mr. Nguyen Du & Mr. Đỗ Lệnh Tuấn
Printing process: Offset
Colour:    Multicoloured
Paper: Gummed
Printer: Postal Stamps Printing Company (in Ho Chi Minh City)

Vietnam - Hue's Court Music 2008

Hue's Court Music (The Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity)

Date of issue: 03 June 2008
Stamp size: 60 x 25 (mm)
Block size: 100 x 61 (mm)
Perforation: 13
Sheet composition: 20 (2x10)
Designer: Mrs. Hoang Thuy Lieu
Printing process: Offset
Colour:    Monocoloured
Paper: Gummed
Printer: Postal Stamps Printing Company (in Ho Chi Minh City)

Vietnam Dong 800   - Large Scale Orchestra
Vietnam Dong 4000 - Small Scale Orchestra
Vietnam Dong 8000 - Ceremonial Lanterns
Vietnam Dong 9000 - Vietnamese Court Music

The Court music of Huế is the last heritage of Court music of Vietnam. It carries in itself all elites of the Vietnamese Court musicology, formed and developed for more than thousand years.

It is officially formed with the dynasty foundation from beginning of the XIXe century.  Nevertheless, the first bases had already begun since the XVIIe century under the Nguyễn lords at the time of their conquests in the Đàng Trong (The South of the Vietnam). From the beginning, it carried already in itself kinds, elements and elites of the Đàng Ngoài (the North of the Vietnam) musicology that Đào Duy Từ brought while accompanying lord Nguyễn.
The most prosperous period of the Court music of Huế is between the first half of the XIXe century and the time under king Tự Đức (1848-1883).

Afterwards, it fell in degradation when the French colonizing began their aggressive war. And after the Revolution of August 1945, it totally disappeared with the Vietnamese monarchy.

The years 1947-1948, thanks to mustering Court artists from the king Bảo Đại time of Lady Từ Cung (King Bảo Đại's Mother), some kinds of the Court music are continued.  Under Ngô Đình Diệm, the authority of Saigon financially supported performances of two groups Ba Vũ and Cổ nhạc Đại Nội (Former music of the forbidden Court), representatives of the Vietnam traditional music while welcoming chiefs of State and diplomatic delegations.

Afterwards, group Ba Vũ met financial difficulties, the Court music was threatened to disappear.  The years 80, it recommenced to be interested by the Ministry of Culture and local authorities.  Until the years 90, it entered into the renaissance period.  Certain kinds of Court music were increased one after another, with the foundation of the Traditional Arts Group of Huế and Theater of the traditional Court music of Huế.  So far, this art kind already was introduced in several countries of the world.  Nevertheless, the today Court music of Huế just remains a part of the former one; it is nevertheless a precious heritage, gasoline of knowledge and competence of the Vietnamese art. Therefore,

November 2003, she is recognized by the UNESCO on the list of the intangible and oral heritages of humanity.