Handicraft is the art of creating decorative and utility items completely by hand or with simple tools. The emphasis is on craftsmanship. The cultural significance of handicraft is the preservation of heritage and traditional techniques. Hongkong Post and Romfilatelia jointly issue a set of two stamps on handicrafts to showcase masterpieces from the two places, highlighting the vitality of the art form. This marks the eleventh joint stamp issue between Hongkong Post and other postal administrations.
Handicraft from Hong Kong, China – Dough Figurines
Dough figurine making has a long history in China and is an enchanting Chinese folk art. The major ingredient of the dough is wheat flour. Figurine makers, with superb skills and creative talents, turn the dough into lifelike figurines and paint them to make them more vivid. Simple tools such as a pair of small scissors, a comb, some bamboo splints and a bone needle are used to add details to the dough. The sophistication lies in the manual stretching, rolling, cutting and assembling. Legendary heroes and mythical beasts are finely crafted to be loved by many, old and young alike. Among different designs and themes of dough making is the lion’s head, the choice to symbolise luck and blessings on festive occasions.
Handicraft from Romania – Painted Eggs
Easter is the most important Christian festival for Romanians. Starting on Holy Thursday, women and children gather to spend all day painting eggs in a multitude of colours. This custom is very old in Romania and is a symbol of spring and the rebirth of nature. In old times, a painted egg was believed to have magic powers. Each colour or pattern used to decorate the egg was meant to combat a certain form of evil. Even today, Romanians still believe that painted eggs can bring good luck and protection for their homes. Painted eggs remain a highly recognisable example of Romanian art. The stamp shows egg painting with melted wax and a pencil-like tool called the “chi?i??”.
Title: HongKong, China – Romania Joint Issue on Handicraft
Date of Issue: 24 November 2011
Denominations: $5 x 2