G20 Summit: Global leaders representing their countries along with the representatives of global organisation received special gift hamper from the Government of India. The exquisite hamper comprised of handicraft artifacts and products, speaking volumes about the rich cultural tradition of Bharat.
The products are culmination of centuries of chest tradition and appreciated across the world for the magnificent workmanship and quality, showcasing the unique biodiversity of Bharat.
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The gift hampered given to G20 leaders had the following products:
1. Sheesham sandook with brass patti: This majestic treasure chest is hand craft using sheesham (Indian Rosewood), Bollywood for its strength, durability, distinctive green patterns and rich colour. It is delicately decorated with the brass Patti etched and embedded on to the wood.
2. Red gold saffron from Kashmir: Saffron or 'Zafran' in Persian is considered to be one of the most expensive and exotic spice in the world. Kashmiri Safran is regarded as the true embodiment of the exclusive quality of spices from Bharat.
3. The champagne of teas: Pekoe Darjeeling and Nilgiri tea: Bharat's tea tapestry is very well illustrated by the pekoe Darjeeling and Nilgiri tea. Darjeeling tea is the most valued tead in the world coming from East Bharat (West Bengal). Whereas the Nilgiri tea carries spectacular taste from Nilgiri mountain range of South Bharat.
4. Araku coffee: The world's first terroir mapped coffee is grown on organic plantation in the Araku valley of Andhra Pradesh from South Bharat. Grown naturally, Araku coffee is filled with the unique aroma and a symphony of flavours of South Bharat.
5. Mangrove honey: Home to several wild colonies of honeybees, Sunderbans is the largest mangrove forest in the world. The distinctive and complex flavour profile of Sundarban honey reflects the region's biodiversity. It contains nectar from different mangrove flowers including Khalsa Bani and garden to produce a balance of sweet and earthy aromas of Bharat. Compared to other kinds of honey it also has less viscosity.
6. Kashmiri Pashminas: The hamper of gifts also include pashmina shawl from the north Bharat. Made from the wool of Changthangi goat, the pashmina shawl from Kashmir showcases a bland of history and tradition of Bharat's northernmost territory.
7. Zighrana Ittar: The Sandook carries flavours from all of Bharat and the Zaghrana Ittar from Kannauj, Uttar Prafesh only enhances the magnificent aroma of the hamper. The essential oil, derived from botanical sources showcases centuries old tradition of exclusive perfume crafting.
8. Khadi scarf: An eco friendly material, Khadi, originated from the country and is one of the most important symbols of freedom struggle of Bharat. It is also worth noting that it's name was coined by MK Gandhi himself. Presenting the G20 leaders with khadi is also symbolic measure to present the growth of India as a global leader.
9. Coin Box: Among the many marvelous gifts packed in the hamper, it also holds a coin box containing special G20 commemorative coins of denomination 75 and 100 released by the prime minister of Bharat.
Along with the head of states of the G20 members, the Government of Bharat also presented unique gifts to the spouses of global leaders and heads of state at the G20 summit The spouse of the President of Argentina was gifted Banarasi silk stole in an ebony jail box while the spouse of Australian Prime Minister and the Brazilian President were given a Pashmina Shawl in paper mache box.
An Assamese store in a kadam wood box was given to the spouse of Indonesian President whereas a Kanchipuram stole in a word jail box was presented to the spouse of Japanese Prime Minister.
The spouse of United kingdoms Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was gifted a Banarasi stole in a kadam wood box.
Gifting handcrafted artefacts and products was a unique gesture from Bharat to present the G20 leaders with the fragrance of Bharat along with a touch of Indianness.