On Sunday, one of the most important and famous couples of our time, US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama, arrived in India. The couple will be visiting locations in New Delhi for three days to celebrate the Republic Day, being invited as Chief Guests of the festivity.
For the occasion, a particularly precious saree was made and will be given to the American First Lady. The gift consists of a hand-woven saree, made in cream Banarasi silk and embellished with gold and silver threads. Three weavers were employed to work on the saree that took more than three months to complete, and is typical of that region. The saree weighs about 400 grams and is priced at RS 1.5 lakh.
The exquisite saree was commissioned by Debbie Driesman, who is Frank Islam’s wife. Frank is an Indian-American trusted man of President Obama, who recently won the Martin Luther King Junior award, and his wife, recalling Michelle’s interest for Banarasi silk, decided to present one of these magnificent pieces to her. The order has been made to Abdul Matin, a local businessman whose family has been working in this field for three generations.
The present has the main objective of capturing the attention of not just Michelle Obama, but of the entire nation, exhibiting the elaborate techniques and methods that are key to creating the Indian traditional dress.
With this purpose in mind, the 'Varanasi Vastra Udyong Sangh', that is, the Varanasi based silk traders’ body, asked Union textile's Minister Santosh Gangwar to showcase to Michelle Obama 100 exquisitely and traditionally produced sarees.
The Kadhua saree is a great example of Indian ancient traditions and we cannot wait to see Michelle wearing it!
Source: Press Information Bureau