Aug 29, 2011

2011-Facial Tattoos FDC & Stamps form TAIWAN

FDC Name:Facial Tattoos
Issue date:1st AUG'2011
Details:In the early days of the tribal society of the Atayal, an aboriginal people of Taiwan, decorative facial tattoos were customarily stained on tribal members’ faces during solemn rituals. Men tattooed one or more vertical lines on their forehead and chins, whereas women tattooed one or more vertical lines on their foreheads as well as V shapes on their cheeks, extending from their ears to their lips. The traditional Atayal facial tattoo is fraught with social meaning. Apart from being symbols of glory, these tattoos demonstrate tribal identity, convey that their bearers have reached adulthood, and serve as badges of bravery and talent.
To increase understanding of the culture of facial tattoo, which is gradually disappearing, Chunghwa Post has issued a stamp with a denomination of NT$25 on facial tattoos on August 1, 2011. The Atayals produce excellent woven goods, and only women who are skilled weavers are entitled to wear facial tattoos. The stamp features a tattooed Atayal woman weaving against the background of Mt. Dabajian.
The stamp is painted by oil painter Huang Ju-tai and printed by China Color Printing Co., Ltd. in offset.(Source-Chunghwa Post)
Remak:Once again a good theme & nice FDC from Chen.This FDC is sent by registered post on the issue date.Thanks Chen for sending such nice well postmarked.Very interesting to see both type of special cancellation on the stamps.

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