NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday gifted Chinese President Xi Jinping a hand-woven silk portrait at lunch hosted by the PM.
The portrait has been created by the weavers of Sri Ramalinga Sowdambigai Handloom Weavers Co-operative Society in Sirumugaipudur in Coimbatore District. It was made using pure mulberry silk and gold thread (zari).
The portrait is woven on a red background with floral patterns on both sides of the portrait to enhance its beauty and elegance. The entire piece took five days of to complete.
The fine art of silk weaving is an ancient and treasured craft that has been perfected over generations by weavers who have guarded their distinctive patterns and designs.
Tamil Nadu is home to many such silk traditions that are often named after the ancient towns around which they developed. Kancheepuram, Arani, Madurai, Coimbatore and Rasipuram are some examples of these timeless classical traditions.
On Friday, Prime Minister Modi gifted Nachiarkoil, a branched Annam lamp and a Thanjavur painting of a dancing Saraswathi to the Chinese president.