This cover took 6 days to travel to Singapore.
Friday, February 26, 2010
This cover took 6 days to travel to Singapore.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Banaras Silk: Banaras is one of the rich weaving craft centre of India, famous for Brocade saris and allover dress material. Exclusive varieties of the saris are Jangla, Tanchoi, Vaskat, Cutwork, Tishu, and Butidar which are made of silk warp and silk weft, on plain/satian ground base, brocaded with extra weft patterns in different layouts introducing Buties, Bells, creepers, Buttas in ground, border and Anchal for getting glamours appearance.
Kancheepuram silk: The glamour of the Kancheepuram silk saree lies in its colour contrasts. Pyramidical temple borders, checks, stripes and floral "buttas" are traditional designs you will find in a Kancheepuram saree. In a genuine Kancheepuram saree, the border, body and pallav are woven separately and then interlocked together. The joint is woven so strongly that even if the saree tears, the pallav (or border) will not detach.
Kalamkari: Kalamkari refers to a method of painting natural dyes onto cotton or silk fabric with a bamboo pen or kalam. The name kalamkari translates as pen (kalam) work (kari) in Hindi/Urdu, and was most likely derived from trade relationships between Persian and Indian merchants as early as the 10th century CE. European merchants also had names for this type of fabric decoration: the Portugese called it pintado, the Dutch used the name sitz, and the British preferred chintz. The name kalamkari is used prominently today, and is synonymous with both painted and hand blockprinted textiles that incorporate natural vegetable/organically-derived dye stuffs. While there are many forms of kalamkari throughout India and the world, the focus of this site is on extant kalamkari practice in Sri Kalahasti, Andhra Pradesh, in South India.
Every year India post issues a set of Greeting stamps. This second FDC franked with a colorful miniature sheet belongs to the "Greetings" series, issued on 1st Dec 2009.
That's all folks. See you guys soon!
Monday, February 22, 2010
The stamps franked on the Mongolian cover are: Giant Pandas, 1977 (top right), Livestocks of Mongolia, 2004 (horse stamps) & Butterflies and moths, 1990 (second row, left).
The lovely stamps franked on the Serbian cover belong to the WWF, protected Species - Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) series, issued on 6th April 2007.
Friday, February 19, 2010
On 27th Sept 2003, Sri Lanka Postal Services issued a gorgeous stamp series, entitled, "Resident birds of Sri Lanka" to showcase this biodiversity.
The species shown are:
Black-necked Stork, Purple Swamphen, Grey Heron, White-throated Kingfisher, Black-crowned Night-Heron (first row)
Scarlet Minivet, White-rumped Shama, Malabar Trogon, Asian Paradise-Flycatcher, Green Bee-eater (second row)
Brown Wood-Owl, Crested Serpent-Eagle, Crested Goshawk, Jungle Owlet, Rufous-bellied Eagle (third row)
Black-headed Munia, Pompadour Green-Pigeon, Plum-headed Parakeet, Coppersmith Barbet, Emerald Dove (fourth row)
Blue-faced Malkoha, Indian Scimitar-Babbler, Painted Francolin, Black-rumped Flameback, Malabar Pied-Hornbill (fifth row)
The other stamps (franked on the left of cover) belong to the "Proto Historic Era and Early Anuradhapura Era" series, issued on 30th April 2008.
Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Lankan civilization. The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies 205 km north of the current capital Colombo in Sri Lanka's North Central Province, on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya.
From the 4th century BC, it was the capital of Sri Lanka until the beginning of the 11th century AD. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. Consequently this era is termed “Anuradhapura” period.
The stamps depict some of the artifacts found in the Anuradhapura period.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
As previously mentioned, the XXI Olympic Winter Games are currently being held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from Feb 12–28, 2010.
To mark the special event, Latvia postal services issued a commemorative stamp on 5th Feb 2010. This beautiful stamp depicts the most popular sport in Latvia - Ice Hockey.
To make up for the postage, Normunds used 3 beautiful stamps from the "Arms" definitive series. They were issued on 8th June 2007.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Well! Back to philately, today, I would like to share with you guys this awesome cover received from Pakistan. Many thanks to Ehsan Ur Rehman!
The first 2 stamps franked from the left, definitives, bear a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah were issued in 1998. The "father of the nation", Jinnah fought for the cause of India's independence from Britain, then moved on to found a Muslim state in Pakistan in 1947.
Got to go! Have a great day ahead!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
For today, I would like to share with you guys a cover from a country which I will be visiting this coming March, Republic of China, Taiwan! Many thanks to fellow blogger, George Wu for this lovely cover!
The 2 beautiful stamps franked on this cover are actually ATMs (Automatenmarken) from the "Flower of Tung Oil Tree" series. They were issued in April 2008 (red) and October 2009 (green) respectively.
Tung Tree (油桐) is a species of Vernicia in the spurge family, native to southern China, Burma, and northern Vietnam. The flowers are 2.5–3.5 cm diameter, with five pale pink to purple petals with streaks of darker red or purple in the throat.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
To make up for the postage, Filippov used another self-adhesive stamp from the Russian Kremlins definitives series. Issued on 1st Oct 2009, this stamp shows the Kolomna Kremlin.
Friday, February 12, 2010
The Year of tiger is just around the corner, 2 days away to be exact! On 6th Feb 2010, Hong Kong Post issued a set of 4 beautiful stamps to welcome the coming Tiger year, which begins on Feb. 14 and ends on Feb. 2, 2011. These stamps illustrate 4 breeds of tigers in different postures – sprinting, patrolling, gazing and lounging.
Many Postal services around the world also issued commemorative stamps to welcome the Year of Tiger 2010 and here are some of them.