MaltaPost stamps issue depicting Traditional Costumes

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MaltaPost stamps issue depicting Traditional Costumes StampA set of three stamps depicting Traditional Maltese Costumes, are to be issued by MaltaPost this Friday.

MaltaPost explained that daily life in early modern Maltese history was very much dependent on economic traits, mainly divided in two distinct spheres.

It said that the Grand Harbour area was centred on maritime activity which along various centuries was fuelled by trade, industry, strategic importance and wartime replenishment to generate years of considerable prosperity.

The rest of the archipelago remained heavily reliant on agriculture up to the mid-twentieth century. This dichotomy finds its imprint in dress, since like all other forms of art, costumes reflect the society which produces them.

There be sheets of 10 stamps in the issue. Each stamp measures 44mm x 31mm, and has a perforation of 13.9x 14.0 (comb.) bearing the Maltese Crosses watermark.

The sheets measure 185mm x 118mm. Printex Limited produced the set in offset and the issue consists of 700,000 of the €0.26 stamp, 300,000 of the €0.59 stamp and 80,000 of the €1.16 stamp.MaltaPost stamps issue depicting Traditional Costumes StampThe three different photographs are courtesy of Heritage Malta. MaltaPost said that the costumes in photographs were re-produced and sewn by Alda Bugeja.

Gozitan Alda Bugeja is very well know both in Gozo and Malta for her mastership of typical Gozitan Loom and Art of Weaving and Kumihimo and for her works in Macramé (a form of textile-making using knotting) and Kumihimo (a form of rope making by interlacing strands).

This philatelic issue will be available as from Friday, the 9th of February from all Post Offices in Malta and Gozo, online at www.maltaphilately.com or by mail from the Philatelic Bureau, MaltaPost p.l.c. 305, Qormi Road, Marsa, MTP 1001; Telephone: 2596 1740; email: info@maltaphilately.com.

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