Gulabi meenakari brooch to ittar bottles: PM's gifts to G7 leaders a slice of Indian crafts

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Gulabi meenakari brooch to ittar bottles: PM's gifts to G7 leaders a slice of Indian crafts

  • During his visit to the recently held G7 summit, the Indian PM has presented various artistic gifts to each G member.

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Gulabi Meenakari Brooch and Cufflinks from Varanasi

  • Gifted to: US President
  • Gulabi Meenakaari:
  • GI tagged art from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Base: Pure Silver

Black Pottery from Nizamabad

  • Gifted to: Japanese PM
  • Nizamabad black clay pottery:
  • GI tagged from Uttar Pradesh.
  • Brought to Nizamabad during the reign of Mughals

Dokra Art from Chhattisgarh

  • Gifted to: Argentina President
  • Theme: Nandi
  • Dhokra sculptures:
  • An age-old wax-casting technique also known as Lost-wax process.
  • Dhokra: alloy of brass, nickel and zinc which gives an antique look.
  • Oldest specimen using such technique was during Harappan Period.
    • Dancing Girl of Mohenjo-daro.

Hand-painted Tea Set from Bulandshahar

  • Gifted to: British PM
  • Why Tea Set?
  • Tea is considered an important part of British identity and is a prominent feature of British culture and society.

Ittar Bottles from Kannauj, Packed in Zardozi Box

  • Gifted to: French President
  • GI tagged perfumes from Kannauj, UP
  • Lucknow Zardozi: GI tag fro Uttar Pradesh.
  • Why Ittar Bottles?
  • France is leader in perfume market with 30% of the world market.

Marble inlay tabletop from Agra

  • Gifted to: Italian PM
  • Why Marble Inlay?
  • Marble inlay has its origins in Opus sectile - a form of pietra dura popularised in the ancient and medieval Roman world where materials were cut and inlaid into walls and floors to make a picture or pattern.

Moonj Baskets and Cotton Durries from Prayagraj, Amethi and Sultanpur

  • Gifted to: Senegal President
  • Agra Durrie: GI tagged
  • Why Moonj Baskets and Durries?
  • Tradition of hand-weaving is passed down from mother to daughter in Senegal.

Handmade knotted silk carpet from Kashmir

  • Gifted to: Canadian PM
  • Silk Carpet:
  • GI tag from Kashmir
  • Locally known as "Kal baffi"
  • Sultan Zain-ul-Abidin brought carpet weavers from Persia and central Asia to Kashmir to train local inhabitants.

Metal Marodi Carving Matka from Moradabad

  • Gifted to: German Chancellor
  • Moradabad Metal Craft:
  • GI tagged from Uttar Pradesh

Lacquerware Ramdarbar from Varanasi

  • Gifted to: Indonasian PM
  • Lacquerware:
  • GI tagged art from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Why Ramdarbar?
  • To celebrate the shared Ramayana links between India and Indonesia
  • Indonesian version of Ramayana - known as Kakawin Ramayana - was written during the Medang Kingdom (8th-11th century) in Central Java.