Made from natural and synthetic materials, these items of dress represent Niue’s unique way of life – both past and present. These clothing items show just part of the rich history of one of our neighbouring countries. Depicted on these four gummed stamps are the pulou (hat), pipi (a belt made from human hair), tiputa (poncho) and patutiti (skirt).
30c Pulou:This hat is made from strips of plastic bread bags woven together, probably at a time when weavers were experimenting with materials or there was a material shortage.
$1.40 Pipi:This belt is made from finely plaited human hair. These belts were worn by warriors and were sometimes adorned with feathers or shells to indicate status.
$2.00 Tiputa:This poncho is made from hiapo – a form of decorated barkcloth from Niue and was worn as a form of modesty to cover the upper body.
$4.00 Patutiti:This skirt is made of natural hibiscus fibres dyed red and decorated with rosettes, and may have been used in dance and other performances.
Issue Date:23 April 2014,Denomination: 30c, $1.40, $2.00 and $4.00,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