Friday, March 8, 2019

Israel 2006 - Fashion In Israel

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 17 December 2006
Width 30.8 mm
Height 30.8 mm
Denomination 1.50 ILS
Number in Set: 4
Layout/Format: Sheet of 15
Perforations: 14 by 14
Stamp Issuing Authority: Israel Post Ltd
Printer: E Lewin-Epstein Ltd

1.50 Israeli New Shekel - Israeli Fashion - The Oriental Style
2.50 Israeli New Shekel - Israeli Fashion - The Ethnic Style
3.30 Israeli New Shekel - Israeli Fashion - The International Style
7.30 Israeli New Shekel - Israeli Fashion - The Technological-Personal Style

Malaysia 2019 - Malaysian Festivals

Malaysia 2018 - Blowpipe

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 14 August 2018
Stamp Value: 60sen x 3 designs
Stamp Size: 30mm x 50mm
Perforation: 14.286 x 14.47
Stamp Paper: Tullis Russell High Reading Yellow/Green Phosphor Gummed Stamp Paper 103gsm

Sheet Content: 20 stamps
Printing Process: Lithography

Printer: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand
Stamp Designer: World Communications Network Resources (M) Sdn Bhd
Miniature Sheet Value: RM3.00
Miniature Sheet Size: 100mm x 42mm
Stamp Size In Miniature Sheet: 80mm x 42mm
Miniature Sheet Perforation: 14.286 x 14.47
Miniature Sheet Paper: Tullis Russell High Reading Yellow/Green Phosphor Gummed Stamp Paper 103gsm

Blowpipes are weapons used for hunting and in open combat.

The blowpipes is unique as it has the capability to be used as a long-range weapon that does not cause damage to the environment.  Another advantage of this blowpipe is that it has the precision that can reach up to 200 meters.

0.60 Malaysian Ringgit - Orang Asli's Blowpipe
0.60 Malaysian Ringgit - Dayak Ethnic's Blowpipe
0.60 Malaysian Ringgit - Murut Ethnic's Blowpipe
3.00 Malaysian Ringgit - Dayak Ethnic's Blowpipe

Malaysia 2016 - Traditional Dances

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 03 February 2016
Stamp Value: 60 Cent x 5 Designs
Stamp Size: 25mm x 60mm
Perforation: 14
Stamp Paper: SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Sheet Content: 20 pieces
Paper: SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process: Litography
Printer: Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional Sdn Bhd
Stamp Designer: Hazel Design Sdn Bhd

Traditional Dances in Malaysia
Malaysia is well known for its multi-racial and multi-region populace, making it a country that is rich in culture, represented by the various ethnic groups that call Malaysia home.

Traditional dance is a popular form a cultural expression in Malaysia, performed during festive celebrations, weddings or public events.  Traditional dance in Malaysia can be prominently identified with certain regions or religious practices and some are  imbued with political and historical influences.

Pos Malaysia’s Traditional Dance II stamp edition gives prominence to the  traditional dance of the Malaya, Chinese, Indians, Kwijau, and Bidayuh.

Cempaka Sari Dance
This is a traditional Malay court dance which highlights the greatness of the Perak Sultanate of the olden days.  The song “Cempaka Sari” incidentally was an original composition by the late Sultan Idris Shah II of Perak.  The use of long scarves epitomes grace and beauty, while the use of fans heavily crafted with gold threads, symbolize a peaceful and harmonious life under a fair and just ruler.

Chinese Ribbon Dance
The ribbon dance originated from mainland China during the Han Dynasty but evolved during the Tang Dynasty.  It is associated with the legend of a man who tried to assassinate the Chinese Emperor.  Previously performed as court dance exclusively for the royals, today it is common to witness this graceful dance during public events.  The ribbons are usually 5 to 12 feet long.  Skilled dance can create beautiful movement of dragons and rainbows in the sky using ribbons tied to a stick.

Oddissi Dance
Oddissi, also popular known as Orissi, is one of eight traditional dance forms of India.  It is characterized by three body bends called the thibangi, involving the deflection of the head, torso, and hips.  Dancers in colorful costumes stamp their feet and strike various postures as seen in Indian scriptures.  A variety of hand gestures are also used in Odissi, similar to the ones in Bharata Natyam.

Magunatip Dance
Magunatip, a head hunter dance, is also known as the ‘bamboo dance’.  It is performed by the indigenous ethnic group Kwijau, residing in Sabah.  The word ‘Magunatip’  is derived from ‘Apit’, which means ‘to press between two surfaces’.  The bamboo pales are usually 6 feet long and held by two dancers who will beat them together over shorter wood or bamboo, creating an interesting rhythm.  This dance involves jumping between the clapping bamboo poles and requires one to be fast to avoid getting their feet trapped.

Redang Be’uh
Redang Be’uh or the eagle dance is a dance of the Bidayuh community in Sarawak.  It is usually performed after a harvest season, for guests at the longhouse.  The movements of flying eagles.  The dancer move to the rhythmic beat of the drums and gongs, accompanied by tiny bells tied around the ankles.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Nepal 1997 - Ethnic Groups

Date of Issued: 30 September 1997

Ethnic Group Chepang
Ethnic Group Gurung
Ethnic Group Rana Tharu

Portuguese Guinea 1948 - Native People, Local Motifs

April 1948

Monday, March 4, 2019

Philippines 2001 - Boxer Codex (Circa 1590)


Date of Issued: 01 August 2001

Thailand 1969 - Thai Ceremonies and Festivals

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 23 November 1969
Perforation: 13½