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

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The Prime Minister has taken along a plethora of artistic gifts for each of the G7 leaders.

What are the gifts given by the Prime Minister to G7 leaders?
Source: ANI

Gulabi Meenakari to US President: It is a GI-tagged art form of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. In this, a piece of pure silver is molded into a base form and the chosen design is embossed on the metal.

Black Pottery to Japan PM: The black pottery pieces were sourced from Nizamabad, Uttar Pradesh. The pottery uses a special technique to bring out the black colour. To make that happen, the pottery is baked in the oven at very high heat without the availability of oxygen.

Metal Marodi carving matka to German Chancellor: This nickel-coated, hand-engraved brass vessel is a masterpiece from Moradabad, also known as the Peetal Nagari or “brass city” of Uttar Pradesh. 

Marble Inlay Table Top to Italy PM: Pietra dura or marble inlay has its origin in the Opus sectile – a form of pietra dura popularized in the ancient and medieval Roman world where materials were cut and inlaid into walls and floors to make a picture or pattern. 

Dokra art with Ramayana theme to South Africa’s President: It is a non-ferrous metal casting art using the lost-wax casting technique and it has been in India for over 4,000 years.

Nandi-themed Dokra art to Argentina’s President: It is an art piece from Chhattisgarh. According to Hindu mythology ‘Nandi – the Meditative Bull’ is considered as the vehicle of Lord Shiva. 

Lacquerware ‘Ram Durbar’ to Indonesia’s President: The GI-tagged lacquerware art form has its roots in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It was given to celebrate the shared Ramayana links between India and Indonesia.

Note: It is believed that the Indonesian version of Ramayana – known as Kakawin Ramayana – was written during the Medang Kingdom (8th-11th century) in Central Java.

Source: The post is based on the article “Gulabi meenakari brooch to ittar bottles: PM Modi’s gifts to G7 leaders a slice of Indian crafts” published in Indian Express on 29th June 2022

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