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PM Modi Showcases Indian Heritage in Gifts to G7 Leaders at Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted beautifully crafted Indian artefacts to world leaders at the G7 Summit in Germany. During his two-day visit, PM Modi met leaders from Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, and France, among others, and had wonderful gifts for them showcasing diverse Indian culture and talent.

The gifts were from all parts of India: from gulabi meenakari brooch to ittar bottles. In total, 11 leaders from around the world received unique and well-thought-out gifts.

PM Modi gifted a beautiful pair of gulabi meenakumari cufflinks to US President Joe Biden and a matching brooch for the first lady. The art form of gulabi meenakumari hails from Varanasi and is made of pure silver with a beautiful design embossed on the metal.

“The gifts celebrated India’s diversity; what made the choice significant was that these were not particularly expensive items but a celebration of the craft traditions of India,” said a source privy to the selection.

While a handmade silk knotted carpet made of Kashmiri silk was gifted to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, Attar bottles in a zardozi box were gifted to the President of France. The box contains bottles of attar mitti, jasmine oil, attar gulab, attar shamama, exotic musk, and garam masala. 

Meanwhile, pieces of black pottery from Nizamabad were gifted to Japanese PM Kishida Fumio, a Nandi-themed dokra art piece sourced from Chhattisgarh was presented to Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez, and a hand-painted tea set from Bulandhshahr district in Uttar Pradesh was gifted to his UK counterpart Boris Johnson. 

Senegal President Macky Sall was presented a range of moonj baskets and cotton durries that were sourced from Prayagraj, Amethi, and Sultanpur in UP, while German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was presented a metal carving matka from Moradabad.

The gifts were very particular, with special emphasis on common links and celebrated traditions between the nations of the world. For example, the tabletop with marble inlay gifted to Italian PM Mario Draghi has its origins in Opus sectile, popularised in ancient and medieval Rome.

Similarly, Indonesian President Joko Widodo was presented a lacquerware Ram Darbar to celebrate the shared links in Ramayana between India and Indonesia.

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