Costumes from Kabylie: Algeria 1972
Since 1971, the Algerian post started issuing series of stamps representing costumes of different regions of the country.
This stamp represents the costume of the region of Kabylie. Kabylie is the name of the mountain region situated between Algiers and Constantine. It is not an adminsitrative entity. It spans over severals wilayas including the Wilaya of Tizi-Ouzou and Wilaya of Bejaia and parts of the wilayas of Boumerdes, Bouira, Bordj Bou Arreridj and Setif. It is divided into two main regions greater Kabylia to the west and lesser Kabylia in the east. The region is maily populated by Kabغles, an ethnic group that speaks the Kabyle variety of the Amazigh language: Tamazight.
The region of Kabylie has a played a very important role in the Algerian resistance to the french occupation in the 19th century and also in the modern Algerian war of independence between 1954 and 1962.
This stamp is the second of a series of 4 stamps about costumes issued in 1972.
Catalog Reference: Yvert & Tellier 558
Face value: 60 centimes