Tokelau Weaving

Celebrate weaving, one of Tokelau’s traditional art forms, with their latest stamp issue.

Issue information

Weaving is a traditional art form that remains popular in Tokelau today. The most common materials used in these crafts are lau kie (pandanus leaf) and lau hulu (brown pandanus). The crafts depicted on these four gummed stamps include a taulima (bracelet), pupu (water holder), tapili (fan) and ato (basket).

45c Taulima

Made from processed pandanus leaf, the bracelets depicted are one of several items the faipule (elected leader) of Nukunono, Pio Tuia assembled from the makers or owners in 1999.

$1.40 Pupu

These water holders are made from a coconut shell and covered in a wrapping made from plaited coconut husk fibres, or ‘sennit’.

$2.00 Tapili

This decorated fan is made from sections of young coconut leaf and coconut leaf midrib.

$3.00 Ato

This basket was probably made in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s from synthetic materials, when preferred natural resources were scarce.

Technical information

Date of issue: 23 April 2014
Number of stamps: Set of four gummed stamps
Denominations: 45c, $1.40, $2.00 and $3.00 
Stamps and first day covers designed by:  New Zealand Post Limited, 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
Perforation gauge: 13.33
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until close of business 22 April 2015