An exquisite hand-woven Banarasi silk saree with gold and silver threads, which took weavers three months to complete, will be presented to American First Lady Michelle Obama during her three-day visit to the country, PTI news agency reported.
The cream-coloured ‘Kadhua’ silk saree, a specialty of weavers of Banaras, which is now PM Modi’s constituency, weighs around 400 grams and costs about Rs1.5 lakh.
“The traditional Indian dress was prepared by three classic weavers and dispatched for New Delhi yesterday from here,” said local businessman Abdul Matin, whose family has been in handloom weaving business for last three generations.
She is accompanying her husband and US President Barack Obama, who is in New Delhi to be a part of Republic Day function as the chief guest.
Matin said the order for this saree was placed with him by Debbie Driesman, the wife of Indian-American Frank Islam, a trusted man of the US President.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 26th, 2015.
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