Modi gifted Kangra miniature paintings to US President Joe Biden portraying ‘Shringar Rasa’ or depiction of love on a natural backdrop. He gifted UK’s Rishi Sunak ‘Mata Ni Pachedi’, a handmade textile of Gujarat, meant to be an offering in the temple shrines which house the Mother Goddess. It derives its name from the Gujarati words ‘mata’ meaning ‘mother goddess’, ‘ni’ meaning belonging to, and ‘pachedi’ meaning backdrop.
The Kangra miniature paintings are made with natural colours by master painters from Himachal.
Modi gifts Italy PM Patan Patola dupatta
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted an agate bowl, formed of chalcedonic-silica, which is found in underground mines of Rajpipla and Ratanpur in riverbeds, to the heads of France, Germany and Singapore. Agate’s flexibility allows the craftsperson to transform the stone into a range of products. Agate can be used as home decor objects as well as fashion jewellery.
He gifted the Italian PM a Patan Patola dupatta packed in a decorative ‘Sadeli’ box. The complex motifs of this dupatta are inspired from the ‘Rani ki Vav’, a stepwell in Patan, built in 11th century AD, which is an architectural marvel known for its precision and beautiful sculptural panels.
Pithora paintings from Chhota Udaipur, Gujarat, were India’s gift to Australia. These paintings depict cave paintings that tribals used to make, reflecting their social and cultural life and beliefs.
Over a metre long Kanal Brass set, played in parts of Himalayan India, was gifted to Spain. It is used on ceremonial occasions, such as the processions of village deities. It is also used to welcome leaders in the state. This traditional musical instrument is manufactured in Mandi and Kullu.
Modi gifted Indonesia, the host country, a silver bowl from Gujarat and a Kinnauri shawl from Himachal. The silver bowl is made by metalsmiths of Surat. The shawls are made using the extra-weft technique of weaving. Modi has used the custom of presenting gifts to world leaders to highlight India’s rich artwork by presenting them with items associated with India’s different regions.