Tokelauan women are renowned for their weaving skills and have been crafting beautiful woven objects for centuries.
NZ Post Collectables focused on the beautiful detail of four objects from the collection at Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand for this issue. These stamps provided a glimpse into the rich variety of items created through weaving for both everyday functional use, artistic works and those crafted for special occasions. These special objects are housed at Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand.
Product listing for Tokelau Weaving 2020
Single 45c 'Ili' gummed stamp.
Ili are fans made in different proportions and shapes, and from a variety of natural and synthetic materials. They are useful for keeping cool in Tokelau’s tropical climate.
Single $1.40 'Ato' gummed stamp.
Baskets woven in Tokelau are generally used as personal handbags, woven with various patterns and embellishments and in different shapes and sizes.
Single $2.00 'Pupu' gummed stamp.
Used to hold water, these coconut shell containers are carried in a strong woven wrapping made of natural materials.
Single $3.00 'Titi' gummed stamp.
A titi is a woman’s garment that is worn around the waist and drops to the knee. Traditionally it is made from kanava bark strips or coconut leaves.
|Miniature Sheet||Mint, used or cancelled gummed miniature sheet.||$6.85|
|First Day Cover||First day cover with four gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$7.35|
|Miniature Sheet First Day Cover||First day cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.||$7.35|
|Date of issue:||16 April 2020|
|Number of stamps:||Four gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||45c, $1.40, $2.00 & $3.00|
|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 blocks 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.|