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13 November 2020

Christmas 2020

Slovakia: Christmas 2020, 13 November 2020. Images from POFIS.

The Christmas Mail 2020

Date of issue: 13.11.2020
Face value: 0.65 €
Stamp dimensions: 26,5 x 33,9 mm
Form of printing sheet: TL
Stamps per sheet: 50
Stamps in set: 1
Printer: Tiskárna Hradištko, s.r.o.
Printing technology: Offset
Circulation: 1 000 000
Stamp Designer: Vladislav Rostoka

Christmas 2020: The Traditional Slovak Blueprint

Date of issue: 13.11.2020
Face value: 0.65 €
Stamp dimensions: 26,5 x 33,9 mm
Form of printing sheet: TL
Stamps per sheet: 50
Stamps in set: 1
Printer: Tiskárna Hradištko, s.r.o.
Printing technology: Offset
Circulation:  2 000 000
Stamp Designer: 

The Christmas Mail 2020:

Christmas Mail to Baby Jesus is a unique project organised by the Slovak Post in collaboration with its partners and a major part of the most wonderful festivities of the year. It is thanks to the Slovak Post and this program that children can send their secret wishes, ideas for presents, drawings or greetings to Baby Jesus at the address “Ježiško 999 99”. Since the project launched, more than 1.7 million letters from children all around the world have been sent to Baby Jesus. An actual reply from Baby Jesus plus a little surprise in the envelope never ceases to provide joy and delight in children’s hearts. Every year the Slovak Post chooses one young artist’s special drawing dedicated to Baby Jesus to become the inspiration for the following year’s Christmas postage stamp. For more information on Christmas Mail to Baby Jesus, visit the website www.vianocnaposta.sk.

The 2020 occasional postage stamp from the series Christmas Mail was inspired by two drawings. The central concept came from the picture “A Bell Full of Love” created by Soňa Drbúlová from Žilina combined with motifs from a work painted by Alexandra Patakyová from Komárno, The Christmas Countryside. The motif of Winter Countryside by Alexandra Potúčková from Stará Turá was the inspiration behind the FDC. The design of the Christmas FDC postmark depicting a Christmas tree is based on a drawing by Martin Gallo from Dubnica nad Váhom. All the artwork was chosen by the Postage Stamp Design Commission from drawings sent to the Christmas Mail 2019, which were sent with their letters as part of the Baby Jesus project. The graphic design was done by academic painter Vladislav Rostoka.

Communication Department, SP a.s.

The Traditional Slovak Blueprint:

In the 20th century handmade blueprint garments began to be replaced by clothes mass produced in textile factories. Nevertheless, about twenty rural blueprint workshops were still active in Slovakia as late as the mid-20th century. The wearing of traditional clothing was still alive in a number of regions and since the blueprint craftspeople adapted the products they made to the particular target group, they were able to survive despite their higher prices.

It was the state ban on the operation of freelance businesses in the 1950’s that sped up the demise of the blueprint craft in its natural environment. On the other hand, through production cooperatives, such as the Kroj (“Folk Costume”), founded in 1948 by the Centre for Folk Art Production (ÚĽUV) in Petržalka, Bratislava, blueprint cloth began to be made to meet the more contemporary requirements of the period and from its rural roots it spread into municipal households in the form of household accessories.

The traditional blueprint designs were freshened up by original ideas from contemporary artists. Those who worked in ÚĽUV particularly excelled as they were able to draw on research into the traditional forms. The 1970’s represented a breakthrough for contemporary blueprint when the ÚĽUV began to cooperate with Stanislav Trnka, the descendant of a famous family of blueprinters from Púchov. This cooperation proved to be mutually enriching – for the producer, as he could carry on his craft activity undisturbed, and for the ÚĽUV who gained a master who was pushing artists forward thanks to his rich experience. Stanislav Trnka produced as much as 20,000 metres of blueprint cloth per year.

After 1989 the market opened up thanks to a change in economic conditions. Alongside the ÚĽUV, which celebrates its 75th birthday this year, contemporary producers can also draw support from the addition of Slovak blueprint into the prestigious UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2018.

Tomáš Mikolaj
The Centre for Folk Art Production

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