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.
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
Unlimited from 7.5.2020
Offset, 4-colour; Cartor Security Printing, La Loupe, France
Stamps: 33 × 28 mm
Sheet: 194 × 140 mm
(4 rows of 5 stamps)
White stamp paper with optical brightener, matt gummed, 110 gm²
Laszlo Horvath, Berne