Finally, after spending a few hours of ever-memorable events, China’s President Xi Jinping returned to China! Like that of the head of the family of a proud home, when PM Modi accompanied Xi until his car, perhaps it is a moment India can cherish where the signs of a new beginning of a bilateral relationship are visible on the air!
On the way back home, PM Modi didn’t forget to hand over a few precious gifts to the Chinese President. One among the gifts was a hand-woven silk portrait of the Chinese President that he presented to Xi during the 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 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.