Sunday, 2 February 2014

Folk Art

Hong Kong has combined with about a dozen countries so far in producing a joint issue on a different cultural theme.  This year in October they will issue stamps on local food with Malaysia but in 2011 they joined with Romania to celebrate Folk Art.

The lion head is a dough figurine, an art that has been practiced in China it is said for 4000 years. They are usually of legendary figures or mythical beasts.  Every dough maker has their own dough formula with its own characteristics and preservatives but its main ingredient is wheat.  Simple tools are used to add detail to the figurine, small scissors, a comb, bamboo splints and bone needles.  Traditionally Chinese banquets had a table of offerings to the gods composed of flowers and figurines, after the feast the decorations become toys for children or were thrown away.  The lion head symbolises luck and blessings

The painting of eggs in Romania is done with melted wax, the patterns applied with a pencil like tool called a chişiţă.   At Easter on Holy Thursday women and children gather to spend time painting eggs with symbols of spring and rebirth of nature. In times gone by they were considered to have magic power. Each colour or pattern is meant to combat certain forms of evil and the eggs bring good luck to the house.

An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme - Folk Art
 

10 comments:

Bob Scotney said...

Two really beautiful stamps.

Lisa B said...

A wonderful cover and beautiful stamps.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

Some countries seem to do joint issues more than others. I'm never sure why they do, but in this instance I'm particularly glad they did - beautiful stamps!

Hawwa said...

These stamps are really beautiful. I knew the art form Romania, but the other one is new for me.

Ana said...

such a pity to actually eat these...so lovely :)

luvlinens said...

I as well as others just think they are beautiful.

agi said...

what a great example!! makes me kind of hungry though xD

viridian said...

Stunning. What great stamps to highlight these handcrafts. Thanks so much for sharing.

Heleen said...

Great to see the art of painting - in two countries so far away from each other - united in this beautiful stamp sheet! Thank you for sharing!

♥ Willa ♥ said...

Chinese is a folk-art rich culture and they showed it everywhere,even on their stamps. :)
Willa @ Postage Journal: My Sunday Stamp:Folk Art