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Modi gifts Ivanka Sadeli craft styled wooden box; heres more on it

Modi gifts Ivanka Sadeli craft styled wooden box; heres more on it

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US President Donald Trump’s daughter and his advisor as well, Ivanka Trump on the sidelines of Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, the former gifted the latter with a wooden box made in the Sadeli craft style.

The gift is expected to serve as a reminder of her Hyderabad visit.

Sadeli craft, which is native to Surat, is a form of marquetry created by highly skilled craftsmen and involves fabricating geometric patterns in wood.

This style was traditionally used to decorate doors, windows and furniture. Today, it is also used to embellish jewellery boxes, containers and photo frames.

Sadeli became extremely popular in 19th century Britain, when it started importing boxes, card cases and chess boards from India. Bombay emerged as the hub of this craft, and the imported products thereafter began to be known as ‘Bombay boxes,’ according to Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine.

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