New Zealand Post

Niue

16 April 2020

Niuean Weaving

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

Technical Specifications:

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: 35mm x 34.55mm (vertical)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 16
Perforation gauge: 13.33
Special blocks: Plate 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.

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 showcase four beautifully crafted objects created by Niue’s women weavers, selected from the collection at Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand.

30c Potu

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.

$1.40 Kato

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.

$2.00 Kato

Made of pandanus leaf, this basket shows off the use of graphic patterning.

$4.00 Iliili

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.

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