Modi to gift 100 Banarasi silk sarees to Michelle Obama
25 January 2015, Nirapad News: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to gift as many as 100 Banarasi sarees and silk dress material to the US First Lady Michelle Obama who would be visiting India with Us president Barack Obama.
Notably Michelle Obama has worn Jacquard silk at several international events. So keeping in mind the fact that the US first lady has always liked silk dresses and has worn creations by international names such as Tracy Resse, Naeem Khan and Alexander McQueen, Michelle may choose to drape nine yards this time.
Jacquard silk is a specialty of weavers of Banaras, which is now Modi’s constituency. As per reports, Prime Minister’s Office for BJP leaders in Varanasi has asked for 100 best Banarasi silk sarees for Michelle Obama. Special Banarasi silk sarees and Banarasi dress material of the finest quality will be brought down for Michelle Obama.
The responsibility of the finest Silk gift has been extended to Varanasi Vastra Udyog Sangh, a body of silk traders of Varanasi. They will be selecting and packaging Modi’s gift keeping in mind the utmost details.
The First Lady carries knee-length dress, off-shoulder gown or even floral dress with elegance but it would be great if we get to see her draped in nine yards if she chooses to go ethnic with traditional Benarasi weaves saris on her Indian trip.
The weaver community of the temple Varanoshi town plans to offer an exquisite ‘kimkhab’ fabric to US first lady Michelle Obama if accepted, the gift would prove to be the highest brand building opportunity at international level for the ailing handloom industry that has a glorious history of weaving, they claim.
“I would like to gift kimkhab to the US first lady,” said Amresh Kushwaha, a master weaver of the Varanashi. “The fabric of dreams, kimkhab is a heavy brocade woven with silk and gold threads mostly in Varanasi.
Kimkhabs were earlier made entirely from fine gold or silver threads. During the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, some were set with precious stones, and were used in making canopies and trappings as seen in the late Mughal paintings,” he added.
“The best gift for her would be the brocade fabric for dress material and beautiful scarf,” said Kushwaha, who also heads a cooperative of weavers.