Complete set of 4 nos. of commemorative postage stamps on Rural Indian Women in Traditional Costumes : 50 years of Independence (4th Issue, Indepex ’97) :
Issued by India
Issued on Oct 15, 1997
Issued for : The Department of Posts is pleased to issue a set of four stamps depicting Rural Indian Women.
Design : While the choice has been difficult, the rural women depicted in these stamps are drawn from the north, south, east and west of India. The golden thread of Indian unity of culture and tradition is discernible in the rich diversity of dress, jewellery and ethnic purity of rural India, as depicted in
- The traditional headgear of the rural women of Ladakh studded with semiprecious stones is unique in its typical craftsmanship. The women are hardy, generally engaged in household work & rearing of cattle.
- Rural Women of Kerala boasting a high degree of literacy are tradition bound and they are engaged in the household work, agricultural operations, cottage industries and handicrafts. The stamp depicts a Kerala rural woman working in the paddy fields.
- Rural Women of Arunachal Pradesh depict the rich ethnic culture of the North East. The rich and varied dress and jewellery are symbolic of the cultural traditions of that area.
- The western region is represented by Gujarat. The colourful attire and jewellery are traditionally typical.
Credits : Department of Posts.
Type : Stamps, Postal Used
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 200, 600, 1000 & 1100 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper
Stamps Printed : 0.5 Million Each
Number per issue sheet : 9 Quadruplicate
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
- The Department of Posts is organising Indepex ’97 World Philatelic Exhibition coinciding with the Golden Jubilee celebration of India’s Independence. The exhibition is to be held from 15-22 December 1997 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
- To commemorate this event, a series of stamps are being brought out. The first such special postage stamp on the logo of Indepex ’97, depicting the caparisoned elephant, the symbol of traditional welcome in India was released on 5th of October 1996. The second set of 4 stamps (centres of culture and tourism) depicting the Ruins of Nalanda University, the Stupa of Vaishali and Kushinagar and the giant Bodhi Trees of Bodh Gaya was released on 6th June, 1997. The four stamps on the Beaches of India depicting Gopalpur-on-Sea, Kovalam, Bogmalo and Anjuna Beaches were released on the 11th of August 1997.
- India lives in her villages and the essence of India is embodied in its rural women. In the search to discover India in her varied endeavours the Department of Posts has brought out a series of stamps depicting the cross-cultural currents of Indian life and tradition.It is only appropriate that, this issue of stamps showing the Indian rural woman in all her simplicity, beauty and traditional grace, occupies the pride of place, among the Indepex stamps.
- Varied as they are in their attire, Jewellery and vocations, the Indian Rural Women depict the cross-cultural traditions and values and they symbolised the exalted place women have continued to occupy in the traditional societies of India. The unity in diversity that the Indian Society boasts of can be seen vividly in the depiction of Indian Rural Women.