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 (coconut holder), tapili (fan) and ato (basket).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.
Issue Date:23 April 2014,Denomination: 45c, $1.40, $2.00 and $3.00 ,Printer: Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand,colors:4,Size:30x40mm,Paper: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper,Perforation:13.33