New Zealand Post


16 April 2020

Tokelau Weaving

Tokelau: Tokelau Weaving, 16 April 2020. Images from New Zealand Post.

Technical Specifications:

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
Perforation gauge: 13.33
Special blocks: Plate blocks and value blocks may be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet.
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 15 April 2021.

Tokelauan women are renowned for their weaving skills and have been crafting beautiful woven objects for centuries.

Focusing on the beautiful detail of four objects from the collection at Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand. These stamps provide 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.

45c Ili

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.

$1.40 Ato

Baskets woven in Tokelau are generally used as personal handbags, woven with various patterns and embellishments and in different shapes and sizes.

$2.00 Pupu

Used to hold water, these coconut shell containers are carried in a strong woven wrapping made of natural materials.

$3.00 Titi

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.


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