Pashmina Diplomacy: PM Modi Gifts Kashmir Crafts To Sweden Counterpart

SRINAGAR: Kashmir made its presence felt during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sweden when he gifted the host Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson Kashmir products. The two leaders met in Copenhagen to discuss the bilateral cooperation on various issues, reports appearing in the media said.

As a goodwill gesture, Prime Minister Modi gifted the Sweden leader a Pashmina stole. It was packed in a Papier Mache box. The shawl, it may be recalled here has remained a major gift item in the power politics of the region even before the Mughal era.

Reports said that the box that carried the shawl is itself an exclusive Kashmir item. The finely coloured box is hand-painted in a floral design depicting the flora and fauna of the Kashmir. The design used in this piece is an intricate pattern drawn with a fine thin brush. “Water-based colours and natural pigments have been used in this piece,” a media report said. “Pure gold foil and paint have been used in the design which imparts a royal look to the piece. Finally, the piece is coated with lacquer which protects it from water and gives extra durability.”

Prime Minister is visiting Europe during which he attended the second India-Nordic Summit in Denmark before flying home via Paris where he had a brief stopover.

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