3 September sees the first joint issue between Åland Post and Swiss Post. The two stamps issued by both posts present glittering silver jewellery embellishing the traditional folk dresses of the two countries
The Åland shawl buckle is a so-called woggle in silver designed by Åland silversmith Viking Sundberg on the basis of older finds in Åland. The woggle is used to fastening the shawl and it is used with all Åland female folk dresses. The first Åland folk dresses appeared in 1908 and all 16 Åland municipalities have their own folk dress today.
The Swiss motif is a traditional Bernese Sunday costume brooch. The filigree brooch is made from delicately twisted silver threads and is one of a number of brooches worn with the folk costume. The cantonal dress has remained largely unchanged since the end of the 19th century and is still used for special occasions.
A joint presentation pack with the stamps and FDCs of both countries will also be available in connection with the joint issue. The pack includes information about the issues in Swedish, English and German. In addition, the Åland Post issues a special commemorative card on which the four folk dress stamps have been cancelled with their respective first day cancels.
Date of issue; 3 September 2015
Design: Cecilia Mattsson
Edition: 2 x180 000
Denominations: Europa (€1.20); €2.00
Stamp size: 35 x 35 mm
Sheet size: 2 x 15 stamps
Paper: 102 g/m2
Perforation: 13 per 2 cm
Printing method: Åland buckle: 4-colour offset +embossing
Swiss brooch: 5-colour offset + embossing
Printing house: Cartor Security Printing
Presentation pack: €13.80
Commemorative card: €7.00
To order, please go to the Åland Post Stamps web shop at www.posten.ax/webshop/en