Hiapo Niue 2015

‘Hiapo’ is the Niuean word for tapa cloth, a traditional artform that was popular in the mid-to-late 19th century, and is currently experiencing a resurgence in Niue. Hiapo was made by layering the pieces of cloth together. The artwork depicted on hiapo was often freehand, depicting representations of plant life and people from Niue.
 

Issue information

Hiapo is the Niuean word for tapa cloth, a traditional art form created by layering pieces of cloth and decorated with freehand artwork. Hiapo was a popular art form in the mid-to-late 19th century, and is currently experiencing a resurgence in Niue.

Hiapo is traditionally made from paper mulberry bark. Every hiapo is unique and tells a story, often representing the plant life and people of Niue. Owing to heavy influence of Samoan missionaries in the mid-1800s, Niuean hiapo has a distinct resemblance to Samoan tapa cloth from the same time period.
 

Technical information

Date of issue: 7 April 2015
Number of stamps: Four gummed stamps
Denominations: 30c, $1.40, $2.00 and $4.00
Stamps and first day cover designed by: New Zealand Post Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer: Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand
Number of Colours Four Process Colours
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 40mm (horizontal)
Paper Type Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 16 stamps
Perforation gauge: 13.33
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 6 April 2016