|An online auction site says this is a one-of-a-kind issue.|
This week was very hectic that my post for this week was somewhat in limbo. I was leisurely surfing the net, toggling one window with news about the developments of the volcano eruption in Iceland to another window with eyelastin reviews for awhile, when I suddenly realised that my Sunday Stamps draft needs publishing. I was about to hit the publish button earlier today when the power went out, thus, the delay…
I have several stamps that fall under the specified categories for this week’s theme begging to be featured. As much as I’d like to, I’m not going to get carried away this time so I’m limiting my choices to only a few.
I’d like to begin with … FOOD!
The above stamp is a part of the seven-set and souvenir sheet issued by the Portuguese Postal Office in a series called “Sabores da Lusofonia”, meaning, flavors of Lusophony. Lusophony is a collective word referring to Portuguese-speaking countries, so the series features some of the most interesting influences of Portuguese gastronomy on countries who share the Portuguese language. The above dish is from Africa’s Cape Verde called Do-cozido à cachupa (a stew, basically, of pork, chicken, carrots, potatoes, garbanzos, and many others). I have also another stamp from the same series featuring no caloeira tempura which I featured in the previous Sunday Stamps.
Next… traditional costumes. So many to choose from but here’s what I randomly picked out from the lot:
A part of the 5-set definitive stamps issued in 1994, showing the traditional costumes of Cyprus. This one is affixed in a postcard that was sent to my husband’s Grandma, from a cousin who went to Cyprus for a holiday some twenty years ago. This postcard is now in my possession, having inherited my husband’s grandma’s postcard collection three years ago.
And last, but definitely not the least… the textiles of Croatia.
In 2008, the Croatian Post launched a five-set postage stamps each representing regional motifs of folk costumes. Sunja, magical flowers that survived from the Baroque altar cloth on the aprons from Posavina and still exude scents; Bistra, corals that have come from the Pannonian Sea and in clinking, dark red rows enrich the blouses from Prigorje; Bizovac, the dialectics of the Slavonian full-empty gold-embroidery; and the thick weave of dark earthen colour – the “interior combustion” of Ravni Kotari. I love these folk arts/handicrafts from Croatia and really commend those who still do this up to now, thus preserving traditional arts and culture.
What we refer to as folk art is the outcome of longer, slowed-down time. History has always been created by individuals, and this also applies to art. However, art has only slowly been deposited in the awareness, resting rolled up for a lot longer than the passage of events, in mutually unconnected mounts and vales, across seven rivers and seventy seven mountains. What used to be enduring and persevering – dialects, fashion, surnames, customs, meals, tools, jobs and days… – all of these were local, unique, different and individual; all of these have nowadays become assimilated into a universal mass in the communication cauldron. — Croatian Post Inc.
Baie dankie vir die poskaarte! Thank you for the postcards!
|Keri wrote: When I saw this postcard, I thought of you! How sweet of her.|
Moving on to the stamp…. It is a commemorative stamp marking the FIFA World Cup hosted by South Africa in June this year.
Many, many thanks for the lovely postcard, Keri. The stamp is equally awesome, too.
Okay, I’m on a roll here 😀
This is a new country in my collection, the fourth postcard I received from Africa, and the first postcard from South Africa, too, so I had to post this right away!
This was sent by my friend Fe while she and her family were transiting in Johannesburg international airport on their way to Botswana. She was the same person who sent me the Wildlife Botswana postcard which I posted here some weeks ago.
When she was still here in Phnom Penh, I used to tell her about my desire to visit South Africa. In case you don’t know, South Africa is in my dream destinations list. I have heard so much of South Africa’s wonderful diversity – from the magnificent wildlife and scenic splendour, to the diverse culture of its people. There’s no harm in dreaming, right? It would also be a big push if I can finally locate my reward card lying somewhere amongst the clutter of my apartment so I could review and know whether I have enough points to redeem for a free ticket to any destination of my choice.
Back to the main story, I’d like to take your attention to the stamp used.