Weaving and woven objects are staple of Niuean life, from everyday functional use to taonga Niue – artistic works and those crafted for special occasions.
Weaving intricately crafted objects is a skill that has been passed down for centuries by Niuean women. Each object becomes a unique treasure created through a combination of materials, techniques and the singular skills of the weaver. These stamps showcased four beautifully crafted objects created by Niue’s women weavers, selected from the collection at Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand.
Product listing for Niue Weaving 2020
Single 30c 'Potu' gummed stamp.
This potu (mat) was made using the art of lalaga (warp and weft close weaving). This technique is an important part of Niuean culture and is passed on from one generation to another. Potu are used for a variety of functions from sleeping on to decorative floor mats.
Single $1.40 'Kato' gummed stamp.
Made of pandanus leaf, this kato tupe (purse) is both functional and beautiful. This example highlights a commonly used weaving technique and has a simple but appealing systematic pattern.
Single $2.00 'Kato' gummed stamp.
Made of pandanus leaf, this basket shows off the use of graphic patterning.
Single $4.00 'Iliili' gummed stamp.
Woven fans come in a variety of shapes and incorporate many techniques, materials and designs. This one is woven with coconut leaf, pandanus leaf and human hair.
|Miniature Sheet||Mint, used or cancelled gummed miniature sheet.||$7.70|
|First Day Cover||First day cover with four gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$8.20|
|Miniature Sheet First Day Cover||First day cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$8.20|
|Date of issue:||16 April 2020|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed|
|Denominations:||30c, $1.40, $2.00 and $4.00|
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||Cam Price, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer:||Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||30mm x 40mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||16|
|Special blocks:||Plate and value blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 15 April 2021.|