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Estonian Parnu County folk costumes Postage stamps

Estonian Parnu County folk costumes Postage stamps

Estonia post issued a lovely Parnu County folk costumes Postage stamps featuring Audru and Tostamaa of the mid 18th century.

The postage stamps feature Parnu County folk costumes – Audru woman and man and Tostamaa girl and woman.

Parnu is a beautiful historic seaside town in West-Estonia. The warm sea and fine sandy beach has been the trademark of Parnu for over 170 years.

Folk costumes are worn here every day and the handicraft of older generations remains highly valued.

Estonian Parnu County folk costumes Postage stamps

In Audru both the women’s and men’s dark outdoor clothes were decorated with red strings. The Audru flower decorated caps had a high sharp peak and branchy lace. Also the embroidered collar had a wide lace. The Audru dark blue or black skirts had a peculiar pattern in it.

Like in Tostamaa, various decorative ribbons were sewn to the lower edge of the skirt. A few great fur coats have been found for the museum. They are the most stylish ones in Estonia. Red slantwise strips on the chest are characteristic for Tostamaa, they can also be found on cardigans.

The Tostamaa long recess coifs have been called tube coifs. Some of them are white, some flowery. The winter cap was edged with fur. Such red caps have been found also from other parts of Estonia. The so-called rosy mittens and stockings are particularly beautiful.

Estonian Parnu County folk costumes Postage stamps

The motive of one such pattern has been reproduced on the First Day Cover. Of decorations brooches and necklaces were warn, as well as beads.

In Audru, for example it was recommended to wear in line three eye brooches or two brooches and two necklaces. The first day cancellation has a motif from an Audru coif.

Title: Estonian Parnu County folk costumes Postage stamps
Date of Issue: 14 April 2016
Country: Estonia
Denominations: 1.50€ x 2

Source: Estonian Stamps

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