Friday, November 4, 2016

Austria - Dirndl Costumes 2016


Following on from last year’s Lederhosen stamp, this year we are introducing yet another special innovation in the form of the corresponding outfit for women: the world’s first embroidered silhouette stamp in the traditional form of a dirndl.

In some areas of Austria and southern Germany “dirndl” is used to designate a young girl, and it is almost certainly from this that the name for the dirndl dress was derived. Today’s dirndls often have little to do with the traditional regional costumes: short skirts, low-cut necklines, fancy lacing and bold colour combinations are not to be found in so-called historical traditional costumes. These are, rather, characterised by traditional colours and patterns specific to the region, and – at least in the case of working dress – simple cuts, as the dirndl was and still is worn as the daily working garb in many rural areas. For special occasions and public holidays there is a more elaborately designed and decorated traditional costume with embroidered ribbons and scarves, silk aprons, often full-length skirts and matching headgear, such as the golden bonnets from Upper Austria.

For a long time the dirndl was considered old-fashioned and “fusty”, but in recent years it has become increasingly common to see women and men wearing traditional costume in urban areas too. This is probably largely connected to the rising popular- ity of “Wiesen” festivals, which, taking as the basis Munich’s Oktoberfest, have become increasingly widespread throughout the world. For these it is most often the modern version of the dirndl that is worn – as sexy and eye-catching as possible.

The dirndl stamp is particularly impressive in the method of production. The Vorarl- berg company Hämmerle & Vogel, based in Lustenau and specialising in high-quality embroidery, is responsible for both the design and the manufacture. Each stamp is made from around 40 metres of thread in three colours. The embroidered silhouette, the different colours and the various stitches make the dirndl appear three-dimen- sional whilst at the same time creating a light and airy effect. You can even see the way the material drapes and folds. The dainty blouse is executed in off-white, as is the apron, using a different stitch. The red dirndl dress and the inscription “Austria”, also stitched in red, create a little red-white-red work of art. The bow on the apron and the denomination in green are particularly eye-catching.

Hämmerle & Vogel is a family run firm from Vorarlberg with a long history, that has been producing embroidery for international customers including fashion houses such as Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Victoria’s Secret and Agent Provocateur for over
100 years. A total of 5.6 million metres of thread were used to make the dirndl stamp. Hämmerle & Vogel has already made several embroidered stamps for Austrian Post, including an Edelweiss a gentian motif and a petit-point embroidery. 
Technical Details

Issue Date: 22 September 2016
Designer: Hämmerle & Vogel
Size: 32 x 50 mm
Values: EURO 6.30

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mountainous Karabkh - National Costumes of Artsakh 2013

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 17.06.2013
Stamp design: Armen Ghukasian (Արմեն Ղուկասյան)
Printing house: «Dizak Plus» LLC – Typography and Printing House, Stepanakert, NKR

70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Children In A Traditional Costume
70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Adult In A Traditional Costume
70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Senior In A Traditional Costume

Mountainous Karabkh - Traditional Costumes 2014

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 12 Juni 2014 
Stamp design: Davit Dovlatian (Դավիթ Դովլաթյան) 
Printing house: NOVA IMPRIM SRL, Chişinău, Moldova

70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Woman In A Traditional Costume
70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Woman In An Old Costume
70 Armenian Dram - Rich Artsakh Woman In A Sheepskin Coat
70 Armenian Dram - Artsakh Woman From Shushi In A Sheepskin Coat

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Greenland - Women National Costumes 2016

Technical Details:

Issue Date: 18 January 2016
Designer: Lisbeth Karline
Printer: Lowe-Martin Group
Process: Offset
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 28,5 x 40,00 mm

10,50 Danish Krone - North Greenland
12,00 Danish Krone - West Greenland
13,50 Danish Krone - East Greenland
48,50 Danish Krone - South Greenland

The four beautiful stamps provide insight into women’s national costumes in Greenland. There are regional differences in the outfits, depending on whether they are produced in North, South, West or East Greenland.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Armenia - Traditional Costumes 2014

Date of Issue: 30 December 2014
Width: 24.0 mm
Height: 40.0 mm
Perforations: 13.5 mm x 13.5 mm
Stamp issuing authority: 'Haypost' CJSC
Printer: Cartor Security Printing

120 Armenian Dram - Yerevan
230 Armenian Dram - Gyumri

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ethiopia - Southern Nations Nationalities and People Decorations 2014

Country: Ethiopia
Date of Issue: 27 May 2014
Width: 40.0 mm
Height: 30.0 mm
Perforations: 13mm x 13mm
Stamp issuing authority: Ethiopian Postal Service

0.15 Ethiopian Birr - Costumes from Karo
0.35 Ethiopian Birr - Costumes from Erbore
2.00 Ethiopian Birr - Costumes from Hamer
4.00 Ethiopian Birr - Costumes from Daasanach

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Jordan - Traditional Costumes 2015

Jordan Stamps
Issued on 2015

20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Wadi Rum
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Tafilah
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Jerash
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Mafraq
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Ajloun
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Badawi
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Salt
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Karak
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Ma'an
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Um Qais
20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Madaba

20 Jordanian Piastres - Costumes from Amman

Tanzania - Traditional Costumes 2007

Date of Issue: 9 October 2007
Width: 28.0 mm
Height: 42.0 mm
Perforations: 14 mm x 14 mm
Stamp Issuing Authority: Tanzania Posts Corporation
Printer: Joh Enschedé Security Printers

400 Tanzanian Shilling - Iringa Hehe Tribesman in Traditional Outfit
600 Tanzanian Shilling - Haya Girls in Bark Cloth Outfit
700 Tanzanian Shilling - Msewe Dancers in Pemba
800 Tanzanian Shilling - Wabena Tribes in Traditional Ceremony

700 Tanzanian Shilling - Maasai Girls
700 Tanzanian Shilling - Maasai Dancing
700 Tanzanian Shilling - Singida Nyaturu Girl
700 Tanzanian Shilling - Sambaa Tribesman in Traditional Outfit
700 Tanzanian Shilling - Wabena Woman Grinding Maize Traditionally
700 Tanzanian Shilling - Waraq Man & Wife in Leather Outfit

400 Tanzanian Shilling - Wanyaturu Girls in Their Outfit

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Uganda - Local Anniversaries & Events: UPU Costumes of Uganda 2007

Country:  Uganda
Date of Issue: 7 December 2007
Subject: Pre-UPU Congress 2008 - Costumes of Uganda
Width: 29.5 mm
Height: 39.5 mm
Denomination: 1600 UGX
Perforations: 13.5 mm  x 13.5 mm
Printer: Oriental Press Bahrain

1600 Ugandan Shilling - Omwenda Costumes
1600 Ugandan Shilling - Ebibaraho Costumes
1600 Ugandan Shilling - Kikoyi Costumes
1600 Ugandan Shilling - Kanzu Costumes
1600 Ugandan Shilling - Gomesi Costumes
1600 Ugandan Shilling - Karimojong Costumes

Uganda - Cultural Dances and Dresses of East Africa 2003

Country: Uganda
Date of Issue: 16 October 2003
Primary theme: Music & Dance
Width: 28.5 mm
Height: 42.5 mm
Layout/Format sheet
Perforations: 14.2mm x 14mm
Printer: Joh Enschede Stamps

400 Ugandan Shilling - Entogoro Dances
800 Ugandan Shilling - Karimojong Dances
1400 Ugandan Shilling - A Dance from Teso

Souvenir Sheet:
1200 Ugandan Shilling - Kiga Dress
1200 Ugandan Shilling - Acholi Dress
1200 Ugandan Shilling - Karimojong Dress
1200 Ugandan Shilling - Ganda Dress