India’s first cloth stamp

A unique stamp printed on cloth is all set to grace the collections of philatelists world wide. In a bid to popularise philately, India Post has decided to release a stamp printed on khadi (Indian handspun and hand-woven cloth). A first such stamp in the country, it will bear the image of Mahatma Gandhi.

The stamp will be issued on February 12, the inaugural day of week-long world philatelic exhibition - Indipex 2011.

The stamp will be released at the national museum amid thousands of eminent philatelists from different countries.

According to philatelist Madhukar Jhingan, this is a revolutionary step as no Indian stamp was ever made on any material other than paper.

"I am sure this stamp will be in high demand. Earlier, a few countries such as Bhutan, Thailand and Austria had successfully experimented with stamps on cloth and other materials," Jhingan said.

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