A unique stamp printed on cloth is all set to grace the collections of philatelists world wide. In a bid to popularise philately (study and collection of stamps and related items), India Post has decided to release a stamp printed on khadi.
A first such stamp in the country, it will bear the image of Mahatma Gandhi.
"We will issue the special philately stamp on February 12, the inaugural day of week-long world philatelic exhibition —Indipex 2011 — that will be observed in India and Japan this year. President Pratibha Patil will inaugurate the stamp," Harpreet Singh, director, Indipex 2011, said.
The stamp will be released at the national museum amid thousands of eminent philatelists from different countries.
"The stamp, with the denomination of R100, will be released on a single sheet and we are hoping that it would be in great demand," said an officer of department of post's philatelic bureau.
According to eminent 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.
During Indipex, which will be organised jointly by India Post and Philatelic Congress of India, the department will also issue unique personalised stamps called ‘My Stamp'.
"A personalised stamp is a postage stamp where a picture or photograph can be added to the stamp," said Singh. Those interested can get their snaps clicked during the Indipex.
These snaps would then be printed on stamps and can be used along with real stamps, Singh said.
He also inaugurated a letter writing and stamp designing competition on Sunday at India Gate premises, which saw participation of more than 3,000 schoolchildren.
The winners of the stamp designing competition, the theme of which was ‘save the tiger', will have their designs displayed at Indipex.
Six best designs will be printed as official government stamps and issued on the Children's Day, said India Post sources.