Modi gifts platinum-painted tea set to Boris

His gifts included a hand-knotted carpet, carved matka, itr bottles, tea set, brooch and cufflinks…reports Asian Lite News

Indian PM 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.

Modi gifted a platinum-painted, hand-painted tea set from Bulandhshahr to UK PM Boris Johnson. The crockery is outlined with platinum metal paint in honour of the Queen’s platinum jubilee being celebrated this year.

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.

His gifts included a hand-knotted carpet, carved matka, itr bottles, tea set, brooch and cufflinks.

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

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.

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.

Prime Minister Modi gifted hand-knotted silk carpets which are famous all over the world for their softness and craftsmanship to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.

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