May 11, 2014

1077-1078 BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Bosnian Serbs in the ethno village Stanišići

Bosnia and Herzegovina is home to three ethnic "constituent peoples", Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats, all three explicitly mentioned in the constitution, none of them being considered a minority or immigrant. The costumes of Bosnian Serbs are divided into two groups, the Dinaric and Pannonian styles. The basic element of both women's and men's dress was a hemp or linen shirt in the form of a tunic with sleeves, abundantly decorated with embroidery done in yarn. The Jelek is a Waistcoat made from wool or velvet while women's jackets are lined with fur. The peony embroidery design often found on aprons, socks and elsewhere is colored bright red, symbolising the blood lost at the Battle of Kosovo.

Traditional Serbian female costume consists of Opanci, embroidered woolen socks that reached to the knees and Nazuvice. Skirts are very varied, of plaited or gathered and embroidered linen, with tkanice serving as a belt. An important part of the costume are aprons (Pregace) decorated with floral motifs. Scarves bordered with cords were worn as headdress. Girls also wear collars, or a string of gold coins around their throats, earrings, bracelets, and their caps were decorated with metal coins. The men wear in the winter Šubara, a fur hat in a conical or cylindrical shape,  predominantly black, because of the black lamb/sheep fur (woolen).

About the stamps
On the first postcard

The first four stamps are part of the series Flora: Honey Plants, issued on September 25, 2013, designed by Lucarevic Blicdruk, and consisting of five stamps with the same face value (0,10 BAM):
• Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.)
• Sage (Salvia spp.)
• Dandelion (Taraxacum spp.)
• Common Heather (Calluna vulgaris (L.) Hull)
• Lime Tree (Tilia spp.)

The last stamp was issued on July 29, 2013 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of PSD PTT "Prijatelj prirode" Sarajevo (Hiking Society PTT Friend of Nature, Sarajevo).

On the second postcard
The first stamp is part of the series Flora: Honey Plants, about which I wrote above. The last stamp, depicting an Yew tree (Tisa), is part of a seriess issued on Spril 12,2010.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps #170, run by Viridian from Viridian’s Postcard Blog. The theme of this week is: Flowers. Click on the button to visit Viridian’s blog and all the other participants.

Serbian traditional costumes - PanaComp official website
Traditional Attire - Blago Fund official website
Traditional Clothing of Bosnia - Herzegovina: An Overview - Folklored
Serbian national costume - Wikipedia

sender 1, 2: Snježana Makaš (direct swap)
sent from Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina), on 21.04.2014


  1. These stamps are just wonderful. Also your explanations are very detailed and interesting as always.

  2. The dandelion gets on a lot of stamps. These five are fine flower stamps. I've never seen stamps from Bosnia and Herzegovina before.

  3. I see dandelions are found everywhere. Lovely stamps to be sent to you!
    Thank you, glad to see you.

  4. funny but these Bosnian stamps look so nicer to me when they are used separately, instead when they are a part of the whole sheet...I do agree, they are lovely!

  5. I like the dandelion best. Dandelions are considered weeds here, and I have never seen a bee on one.

  6. wow these are gorgeous, i like their background which gives them a natural context