THE POSTAL UNIONFOR THE MEDITERRANEAN
Costumes of the Mediterranean
Country: Cyprus
Year: 2019
Release Date: 08 Jul 2019
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EUROMED 2019 – “Costumes of the Mediterranean”


For a sixth consecutive year, member states of the Postal Union for the Mediterranean “Euromed Postal”, issue a stamp with a common theme. The theme for this year is “Traditional Costumes”.
The Cyprus stamp depicts two traditional costumes, one for women and one for men.
Cypriot costumes are of a conservative nature, but various and graceful. Each region in Cyprus had its own distinct every-day costume, with its unique characteristics in colour, fabric and decoration.
The main variations of the woman’s costume is the urban, the “Karpasiitiki” (named after the region of Karpasia, in the northeast of the island), the “Pafitiki” (named after the city of Pafos, in the west of the island) and the “orini” which was worn on the mountainous areas of Cyprus.
The basic part of the man’s costume is the multi-pleated “vraka”. Along with “vraka”, a dark, cotton, striped shirt was worn for everyday use and a silk one was worn to Sunday church service.

CATEGORY DESIGN QUANTITIES
1,88€ Traditional Costumes of Cyprus 190.000
FDCs at the price of €2,46 5.000
Dimensions of stamp: 42,5 x 31,5mm in sheets of 8 stamps
Design : Theodoros Kakoullis
Printing method : Litho-Offset on unwatermaked paper
Printer : Baltic Banknote Security Printing
Circulation-Sales : This set circulates on 9 July 2019, and will be available at the Cyprus Post offices through 9 July 2020, unless previously sold out. Complete sets will be available at Stamps and Philatelic Service until their withdrawal, unless previously sold out.