Ikat Stole From Odisha, PM Modi’s Gift For Spouse Of Mauritius Leader

New Delhi: World leaders and their spouses who had come to India for the G20 Summit were presented timeless Indian gifts evocative of the best craftsmanship in the country from different states.

Kobita Ramdanee, wife of the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth was gifted a masterpiece created by the artisans of Odisha. It is a traditional mulberry silk stole adorned with the exquisite Ikat technique. ‘Ikat’ is a meticulous dyeing process on silk or cotton. It involves tying and dying specific sections of threads to produce a symphony of shades, while keeping the tied portions untouched.

As these threads intertwine, they create a resplendent fabric, graced with pale motifs against a dark backdrop. Precision is the heart of this art. Originating in the 12th century when artisans migrated from Gujarat, the legacy of Odisha Ikat endures and thrives.

The stole was presented in a Teak wood box, handcrafted by artisans of Gujarat using the hardy and durable teak wood.



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