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2011 Christmas stamps from Iceland

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The motifs of these Iceland Post's Christmas stamps are based on goldwork embroidery, a rich national heritage involving techniques used for Icelandic national costumes.

Goldwork is the art of embroidery using silver and gold threads. Reference is also made to skattering, an old Icelandic method of embroidering, often used for colourful flower patterns.

By her emphasis on this old handicraft the artist, Gudbjorg Ringsted who designed the Christmas stamps, wants to attract attention to this remarkable national tradition.

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