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Pro Patria – Living cultural heritage

They could hardly be more different: the urban Sitterwerk near St. Gallen, and the rural, rather remote Tessanda Val Müstair Foundation. Yet these two foundations come under the same heading. “Living cultural heritage” is the theme of this year’s Pro Patria stamps.

The Sitterwerk Foundation has created an institution on the site of a former dyeing factory in the Sitter Valley near St. Gallen, where artists, craftspeople, scientists and members of the general public come together. Facilities include the Art Library, the Materials Archive and the Studio House. In the neighbouring Art Foundry, photo lab and the institutions of the Sitterwerk itself, production, research, conservation, presentation and the mediation of arts and crafts pervade and enrich one another. The Manufactura Tessanda Val Müstair Foundation runs one of Switzerland’s last three professional hand weaving operations. It is a traditional business that was founded in Santa Maria in 1928. In this factory, weaving is carried out only by hand and usually on 100-year-old looms. It produces both functional items and fashionable accessories from natural raw yarns, such as linen, cotton, wool, cashmere, silk and hemp.

Hand weaving requires a high level of concentration and precision. © Johannes Fredheim
The Sitterwerk Foundation on the former industrial site in the Sitter Valley near St. Gallen. © Katalin Deér

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Technical information

Sales

Philately: from 30.4.2020 to 31.12.2020 or while stocks last
Branches: from 7.5.2020 to 31.12.2020 or while stocks last

Validity

Unlimited from 7.5.2020

Printing

Offset, 4-colour; Cartor Security Printing, La Loupe, France

Sizes

Stamps: 33 × 28 mm
Sheet: 194 × 140 mm
(4 rows of 5 stamps)

Paper

White stamp paper with optical brightener, matt gummed, 110 gm²

Perforation

13¼:13½

Design

Laszlo Horvath, Berne