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    In pics: Unique gifts PM Narendra Modi has given world leaders at G7 Summit in Germany

    In pics: Unique gifts PM Narendra Modi has given world leaders at G7 Summit in Germany

    In pics: Unique gifts PM Narendra Modi has given world leaders at G7 Summit in Germany
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    From a Gulabi Meenakari, black pottery, ittar, Kashmiri carpet and more, check out the unique gifts that PM Modi handed world leaders at the G7 Summit in Germany. These highlight Indian culture, art and craftsmanship

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi while on his G7 meeting visit presented to the leaders of the world gifts from India. The gifts ranged from Gulabi Meenakari, black pottery, ittar, Kashmiri carpet and much more. These gifts highlighted Indian culture, art and craftsmanship. Here are some of the gifts that PM Modi presented to the top leaders. (Image: Government of India)
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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with world leaders as part of the G7 Summit held in Germany. PM Modi not only held dialogue with heads of visiting nations, but presented them with unique handcrafted gifts from India. The gifts range from Gulabi Meenakari, black pottery, ittar, Kashmiri carpet and many more. These gifts highlight Indian culture, art and craftsmanship. Let's take a look at some of the gifts that the Indian PM presented these global leaders. (Image: Government of India)

    PM gifted Indian hand-knotted silk carpet to Canada PM Justin Trudeau | The hand-knotted silk carpets are famous all over the world for their softness and craftsmanship. A Kashmiri Silk carpet is known for its beauty, perfectness, lushness, luxury and dedicated craftsmanship. Each Kashmiri Silk carpet is considered to be a never-before-seen piece of hand-made art. The Kashmiri silk carpets are made predominantly in the Srinagar area of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir in India. These exquisite creations are hand-knotted on the warp threads, one at a time, in accordance with a strict code of colours in the order of their appearance in the pattern. The knotted product is clipped with shears to smoothness and then treated with several brightening processes. Characteristically, all silk carpets have an amazingly innate attribute of displaying different colours when viewed from different angles or sides. Often the colours tend to have a day-and-night variation in shades that seem to impart an illusion of viewing two carpets instead of the actual one carpet. (Image source: Government of India)
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    Indian hand-knotted silk carpet handed to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau | Hand-knotted silk carpets are famous across the world for their softness and craftsmanship. A Kashmiri Silk carpet is known for its beauty, perfectness, lushness and dedicated craftsmanship. Each Kashmiri Silk carpet is considered to be a never-before-seen piece of hand-made. The Kashmiri silk carpets are made predominantly in the Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. These exquisite creations are hand-knotted on warp threads, one at a time, in accordance with a strict code of colours so that their peculiar patterns evolve. Often the colours tend to have a day-and-night variation in shades that seem to impart an illusion of viewing two carpets. (Image source: Government of India)

    PM gifted Lacquerware Ram Durbar to Indonesia’s President The GI tagged lacquerware art-form has its roots in the temple town of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The wooden statues of gods, goddesses and sacred animals served as coveted souvenirs taken back by pilgrims. The process is a tedious one, requiring assembly of a base wooden form with separate limbs, which is covered layered by layer with distemper or lac-based paint. True to their city of origin, Lacquerware items always come in bright, jewel tones. This particular piece is made on Goolar (Botanical name: Ficus Racemosa) wood. The principal characters in the artwork are Shri Ram, Goddess Sita, Lord Hanuman and Jatayu. It is believed that the Indonesian version of Ramayana was written during the Medang Kingdom (732-1006 AD) in Central Java. It is known as Kakawin Ramayana. The story of Ramayana was narrated to the people through shadow puppetry (wayang kulit and wayang purwa).
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    Lacquerware Ram Durbar to Indonesian President Joko Widodo | The GI-tagged lacquerware art form has its roots in the temple town of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. The wooden statues of gods, goddesses and sacred animals serve as souvenirs for pilgrims. The process of making these is tedious, requires assembly of a base wooden form with separate limbs, which are covered layer-by-layer with distemper or lac-based paint. Lacquerware items always come in bright, jewel tones. This particular piece is made on Goolar (Botanical name: Ficus Racemosa) wood. The principal characters in the artwork are Shri Ram, Goddess Sita, Lord Hanuman and Jatayu. (Image: Govt. of India)

    PM gifted Moonj baskets and cotton durries to Senegal’s President In Senegal, the tradition of hand weaving is passed down from mother to daughter, adding to its importance as a vehicle for cultural expression and family livelihood – driven by strong women. The same is done in Prayagraj, Sultanpur and Amethi districts of the state of Uttar Pradesh, where Moonj Saccharum bengalense is now acting as a sustainable source of income for rural women. To add to this, Moonj is a wonderful example of utilitarian handicrafts made with sustainably sourced material. Like Senegalese baskets, Moonj craft also utilizes bright, jewel tone colours. This particular piece is by a master craftswoman from Prayagraj. The blades of the sarpat grass used here are much thinner, making them more difficult to weave. The cotton Durries are hand woven in the Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh. The art of Manjak loincloth weaving is similar to shuttle handloom work done in Sitapur durrie making. The beauty of this particular piece is the thin width of its loom which increases the work out into the Durrie threefold.
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    Moonj baskets and cotton durries handed to Senegal's President Macky Sall | In Senegal, the tradition of hand-weaving has passed down from mother to daughter, adding to its importance as a vehicle for cultural expression and family livelihood. The same is done in Prayagraj, Sultanpur and Amethi districts of Uttar Pradesh, where Moonj Saccharum Bengalense is now acting as a sustainable source of income for rural women. Like Senegalese baskets, Moonj craft also utilizes bright, jewel-tone colours. This particular piece is by a master craftswoman from Prayagraj. The blades of the sarpat grass used here are much thinner, making them more difficult to weave. The cotton Durries are hand woven in Sitapur district. The beauty of this particular piece is the thin width of its loom which increases the work out into the durrie threefold. (Image: Government of India)

    PM gifted Metal Marodi carving matka to German Chancellor This nickel coated, hand engraved brass vessel is a masterpiece from District Moradabad, which is also known as the Peetal Nagari or “brass city” of Uttar Pradesh, India. After casting the pot, the design that has to be engraved is first sketched on paper. An outline of whole design is done with a fine engraving tool hammered with a wooden block. This particular type of engraving is called Marodi, owing to the curved lines used to fill up negative space in this design. The importance of the engraving craft of Moradabad is in its ability to elevate items of everyday use into objects of intrigue.
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    Metal Marodi carving matka to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz | This nickel coated, hand-engraved brass vessel is a masterpiece from Moradabad, which is also famous as the Peetal Nagari or “brass city” of India. After casting the pot, the design that has to be engraved is first sketched on paper. An outline of the whole design is done with a fine engraving tool hammered with a wooden block. This particular type of engraving is called Marodi, owing to the curved lines used to fill up negative space in this design. The importance of the engraving craft of Moradabad is in its ability to elevate items of everyday use into objects of intrigue. (Image: Government of India)

    PM Modi gifted Platinum painted hand painted Tea Set to Boris Johnson Encased here is a tea set from Bulandhshahr district to Uttar Pradesh. The base form is hand painted and fired at 1200 degrees Celsius. The embossed outlines are laid on manually with Mehndi cone work and requires an extremely confident hand. Each shape is then separately filled with colour, with great dexterity and the entire cup is fired again. The crockery has been outlined with platinum metal paint in honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s platinum jubilee being celebrated this year.
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     Platinum coated hand-painted tea set to UK PM Boris Johnson | Encased here is a tea set from Bulandshahar district of Uttar Pradesh. The base form is hand-painted and fired at 1200 degrees Celsius. The embossed outlines are laid on manually with Mehndi cone work and requires an extremely confident hand. Each shape is then separately filled with colour, with great dexterity and the entire cup is fired again. The crockery has been outlined with platinum metal paint in honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s platinum jubilee being celebrated this year. (Image: Government of India)

     Nandi themed Dokra Art to Argentina’s President 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. There are two main processes of lost wax casting: solid casting and hollow casting. The product of artisans who are mainly from the Central and Eastern India, are in great demand in domestic and foreign markets because of primitive simplicity, enchanting folk motifs and forceful form. This particular art-piece from Chattisgarh, a state in Central India, is a figure of ‘Nandi – The Meditative Bull’. According to Hindu mythology Nandi is considered as the vehicle (mount) of Lord Shiva, the lord of destruction. In front of every Shiva temple, on the court facing the shrine, you can see the image of a Nandi.
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    Nandi-themed Dokra Art to Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández | 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. There are two main processes of lost wax casting: solid casting and hollow casting. The product of artisans who are mainly from Central and Eastern India are in great demand in domestic and foreign markets because of their primitive simplicity. This particular art piece from Chhattisgarh is a figure of ‘Nandi – The Meditative Bull’. Nandi is considered the vehicle (mount) of Lord Shiva, according to Hindu mythology. In front of every Shiva temple, on the court facing the shrine, you can see a statue of Nandi. (Image: Government of India)

    PM gifted Gulabi Meenakari brooch and cufflink set to US President Gulabi Meenakari is a GI tagged art-form of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. 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. This is then fired to transform into a translucent coloured patch. What distinguishes it from other meenakari is the layer of white meena which acts as an opaque canvas for hand painted motifs. The paint is fired layer by layer for permanence. The motifs primarily use the colour pink (Gulabi), which lends its name to the craft. These cufflinks were prepared for the President with a matching brooch for the First Lady.
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     Gulabi Meenakari brooch and cufflink set to US President Joe Biden |  Gulabi Meenakari is a GI-tagged art form of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. 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. This is then fired to transform into a translucent coloured patch. What distinguishes it from other meenakari is the layer of white meena which acts as an opaque canvas for hand-painted motifs. The paint is fired layer by layer for permanence. The motifs primarily use the colour pink (Gulabi), which lends its name to the craft. These cufflinks were prepared for the President with a matching brooch for the First Lady. (Image: Government of India)

    PM gifted Dokra Art with Ramayana Theme to South Africa’s President 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. There are two main processes of lost wax casting: solid casting and hollow casting. The product of artisans who are mainly from the Central and Eastern India, are in great demand in domestic and foreign markets because of primitive simplicity, enchanting folk motifs and forceful form. This particular art-piece from Chattisgarh, a state in Central India, is based on the Ramayan theme. The principal characters in the artwork are Lord Shri Ram riding an Elephant along with Lakshman, Goddess Sita and Lord Hanuman.
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    Dokra Art with Ramayana Theme to South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa | Like the Nandi-themed Dokra handed over the Argentinian president, this particular art piece from Chhattisgarh is based on the Ramayan theme. The principal characters in the artwork are Lord Shri Ram riding an Elephant along with Lakshman, Goddess Sita and Lord Hanuman. (Image: Government of India)

    PM gifted Itr bottles in zardozi box to France’s President The carrier box has been crafted in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, India. The Zari Zardozi box has been hand embroidered on khadi silk & 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 includes: Attar Mitti- A unique attar produced in Kannauj, India where Petrichor- the fresh odour of first rain coming on earth is captured over sandalwood oil. It has an earthy wet natural aroma, produced by 5000-year-old traditional deg and bhapka method by distilling especially selected baked soil over Sandalwood oil. Jasmine Oil: An exclusive natural oil produce of freshly plucked flowers of Bela (Jasmine sambac) produced by careful hydro distillation to capture the unique most close to natural fresh floral sweet green odour of freshly plucked flower of Bela. Attar Shamama: An unique attar capturing the essence of a number of herbs & spices of age old vedic formulation over Sandalwood oil to produce an attar having warm spicy, herbaceous, oriental notes which is very difficult to replicate. Attar Gulab: An attar having odour most close to natural rose petal produced by hydro distillation in a copper vessel so as to avoid overheating of the petals. Exotic Musk: A modern masculine fragrance crafted with opulence of Jasmine, extravagant sensuality of Rose and the provocative charm of warm, woody note of Musk as its base note. Garam Masala: To celebrate the French appreciation for a strongly grounded cuisine, the newly formulated liquid Garam Masala has been added. It is an edible natural oil combination of extracts & essential oils of the Iconic Indian spice blend of Garam Masala, which is very difficult to replicate.
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    Attar bottles in zardozi box to French President Emmanuel Macron | The carrier box of these unique ittar bottles have been been crafted in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The Zari Zardozi box has been hand embroidered on khadi silk and satin in the 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 includes Attar Mitti - a unique attar produced in Kannauj, India where Petrichor - the fresh odour of the first rain coming on Earth is captured over sandalwood oil. It has an earthy wet natural aroma, produced by the 5000-year-old traditional deg and bhapka method by distilling especially selected baked soil over Sandalwood oil. Other items in the box include, Jasmine Oil, Attar Shamama, Attar Gulab, Exotic Musk and  liquid Garam Masala. (Image: Government of India)

    PM Modi gifted Marble Inlay table top to Italy’s PM Pietra dura or Marble inlay has its origins in 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. This marble table top with Inlay work has its origin in Agra of Taj Mahal fame, This particular table top is made of semi precious stones with gradients in their colour, making it very similar to Italian marble inlay work. Stones with colour gradient are harder to place, but make the inlay more realistic. The delicate process involves cutting and engraving of semi-precious stones on marble manually. To start with, a pre-defined pattern e.g., a floral design or a geometrical design, is engraved on the marble item. Small pieces of different semi-precious stones are then cut delicately. These small pieces are then slipped into grooves, making the simple marble item a beautiful and colourful masterpiece of art.
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    Marble Inlay table top to Italian PM Mario Draghi | Pietra dura or 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. This marble table top with Inlay work has its origin in Agra. This particular table top is made of semi-precious stones with gradients in their colour, making it very similar to Italian marble inlay work. The delicate process involves cutting and engraving of semi-precious stones on marble manually. Small pieces of different semi-precious stones are then cut delicately and are slipped into grooves, making the simple marble item a beautiful and colourful masterpiece of art. (Image: Government of India)

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