Gulabi Meenakari & Varanasi Wooden Lacquerware & Toys

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  • June 29, 2022
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In News: The Prime Minister had taken along a plethora of artistic gifts for each of the G7 leaders.

  • Products from Uttar Pradesh’s ‘One District One Product’ program were used for the enviable purpose of diplomatic gifting by prime minister at the recently held 48th G7 Summit in Germany
  • PM gifted eight products from eight different districts marked under the ODOP programme to heads of different international governments
  • The ODOP is an initiative of the UP government to encourage indigenous and specialised products and crafts by assisting artisans in improving quality of their products, helping them with marketing and branding with a larger aim to increase their incomes and generate higher employment.

Notable among the gifts

Gulabi Meenakari

  • Gulabi Meenakari and cufflink set were gifted to US President Joe Biden.
  • Gulabi Minakari is one of the rarest crafts in India that is practiced in
  • This art was brought to the city of Varanasi by Persian enamellists during the Mughal era
  • Minakari is an art form from Persia and involves colouring the surface of metals by fusing different colours.
  • In Varanasi, it is practiced on jewellery and home decor items
  • The Meenakari of Varanasi is part of its rich cultural heritage.
  • It was given a GI Tag in the year 2015.

Varanasi Wooden Lacquerware & Toys

  • Varanasi wooden lacquerware & toys is an ancient craft, where the toys are made in wood with sets of birds, animals, orchestras, and dance ensembles available packed in boxes.
  • Earlier sal or seesham was used in the making of the toys, due to price rise cheaper, lighter wood is now being used. The paints are bright and usually applied in primary colours.
  • It was accorded GI Tag in 2015.

Source: Indian Express

Economic Times

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