After the conclusion of the delegation-level talks between India and China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted a special handloom silk sari to Chinese President Xi Jinping. The latter’s portrait appears on the sari. It has been created with the efforts of master weavers of Sri Ramalinga Sowdambigai Handloom Weavers Co-operative Society in Sirumugaipudur in the Coimbatore district. Made using pure mulberry silk and gold threads, it has been woven on a red background with floral patterns on both sides to enhance its beauty and elegance. Furthermore, a 240 Hooks Electronic Jacquard helped encode the portrait pattern into the design punch cards that created the thread patterns. On the other hand, the warp and weft used are 20/22 Dernier Silk along with half fine Zari.
The art of silk weaving is an ancient craft that has been practised over several generations. Their distinctive patterns and designs have gained global fame. Many such silk traditions exist in Tamil Nadu and they are often named after the places around which they developed. Some of the examples are Kancheepuram, Arani, Madurai, Coimbatore and Rasipuram. The addition of modern technology has made it possible to create very complex designs, such as portraits.
On the first day of the second informal Modi-Xi summit at Mamallapuram, both leaders held five hours of discussions apart from exploring Mamallapuram. In the meeting, they spoke about issues related to terrorism and radicalization. They agreed that the fabric of their multi-cultural and multi-religious should not be disturbed. Furthermore, they tried to identify potential areas for investment. The second day was marked by PM Modi’s one-on-one meeting with the Chinese President. This will be followed by delegation-level talks where both PM Modi and Xi Jinping elaborated discussed ways to further the India-China relationship. After lunch, the Chinese President will leave for Nepal from the Chennai International Airport.