Here’s what PM Narendra Modi gifted Ivanka Trump on her first visit to India

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New Delhi  —  PM Narendra Modi has always been very thoughtful when it comes to his gifting choices. Modi’s gift reflects historical and cultural aspects of India and so following the traditions he has presented US first daughter Ivanka Trump with a wooden box of Sadeli craft on her visit to Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad. The gift is expected to serve as a reminder of her Hyderabad visit.

What is Sadeli craft?

The highly skilled craft Sadeli is native to Prime Minister’s home state Gujarat’s Surat.  It is a form of marquetry that involves decorating the surface of wooden articles with delicate pieces of wood and other materials in precisely cut geometrical shapes.

The artform which is traditionally used for decorating doors, windows, and furniture, is now also used for embellishing jewelry boxes, containers and photo frames.

The YouTube documentary suggests Sadeli is a form of ancient marquetry brought to Surat by Parsis from Iran. The craft bears much resemblance to Khatam, which is the Persian version of marquetry, said to have developed in Iran during the reign of Safavid dynasty from 1501 to 1722.

Ivanka delivered the keynote address in which she praised Modi’s leadership. She said Modi was building India into a thriving economy, a symbol of hope for the world as well as a leader in democracy. The Indian prime minister gifted a special wooden box crafted in Sadeli geometric patterns.

The three-day GES 2017, being co-hosted here by the US and India, is being attended by 1,500 entrepreneurs, investors and eco-system supporters from 159 countries.

The US State Department and other American agencies in partnership with India’s NITI Aayog are organising the GES, which seeks to create an environment that empowers innovators, particularly women, to take their ideas to the next level.


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