Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was on a visit to Germany to attend the G7 summit, presented its leaders with various gifts displaying the country's rich art and crafts, particularly those related to Uttar Pradesh's 'one district one product' scheme.
His gifts included a hand-knotted carpet, carved matka, itr bottles, tea set, brooch and cufflinks.
He gifted Gulabi Meenakari brooch and cufflink set to US President Joe Biden. Gulabi Meenakari is a GI-tagged art form of Varanasi. A piece of pure silver is moulded into a base form, and the chosen design is embossed in the metal. The embossed shapes are then filled with great dexterity with crushed meena glass mixed with an intriguing natural anardana (pomegranate seeds) glue.
These cufflinks were prepared for the President with a matching brooch for the First Lady. Gulabi Meenakari is a GI-tagged art form.
The base form is hand-painted and fired at 1200 degrees Celsius. The embossed outlines are laid on manually with Mehndi cone work and require an extremely confident hand. Each shape is then separately filled with colour with great dexterity, and the entire cup is fired again.
To French President Emmanuel Macron, PM Modi gifted 'itr' bottles in Zardozi box. The carrier box has been crafted in Lucknow. The zari zardozi box has been hand embroidered on khadi silk and satin tissue in colours of the French National Flag. The motifs are traditional Indo-Persian, lotus flowers hand-embroidered with metal wire in blue and a pendant used in Kashmiri carpets and motifs from Awadhi architecture.
This box included Attar Mitti, Jasmine oil, Attar Shamama, Attar Gulab, Exotic Musk, and Garam Masala.
PM Modi gifted Black Pottery pieces from Nizamabad, UP to Japan PM Fumio Kishida— ANI (@ANI) June 28, 2022
The Pottery uses a special technique to bring out black colours- while the pottery is inside the oven, it is ensured that there is no scope for oxygen to enter the oven & heat level remains high pic.twitter.com/CWy1DrITWK
PM Modi gifted Dokra Art with Ramayana Theme from Chattisgarh to South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa— ANI (@ANI) June 28, 2022
Dokra Art is non–ferrous metal casting art using the lost-wax casting technique. This sort of metal casting has been used in India for over 4,000 years and is still used pic.twitter.com/g3kc1TzrxH
PM gifted Gulabi Meenakari brooch and cufflink set from Varanasi, UP to US President Joe Biden— ANI (@ANI) June 28, 2022
These cufflinks were prepared for the President with a matching brooch for the First Lady. Gulabi Meenakari is a GI-tagged art form. pic.twitter.com/bIzujEktLd