Shillong (Meghalaya), Aug 26 : PM Narendra Modi’s Gifts Reflect India’s Rich & Diverse Traditions. Modi gifted Meghalaya Shawl to the spouse of Greece Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Dokra Art (Chhatisgarh) to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and Bidri work Vase Pair (Telangana) to the President of Greece.
Meghalaya shawls carry a rich history and a royal lineage that dates back centuries. Meghalaya shawls were originally woven for the Khasi and Jaintia royalty, who considered them a symbol of their power and status. The shawls were worn during ceremonial occasions and festivals, and their intricate designs and vibrant colours were a reflection of the royal family’s wealth and prestige.
The designs used in Meghalaya shawls were highly symbolic. For instance, the use of animal motifs such as tigers and elephants was a symbol of power and strength, while the use of floral patterns was a symbol of beauty and grace.
Renowned for their warmth and softness, Meghalaya shawls’ weaving is an art form that requires great skill and creativity. The weavers, mostly women, spend hours weaving intricate designs and patterns using traditional weaving techniques. The shawls are made using locally sourced wool, and natural dyes.
The shawls are highly prized for their exquisite craftsmanship and intricate designs. The shawls have also gained international recognition and are sought after by textile enthusiasts worldwide.