Yesterday PM Narendra Modi met U.S. President Donald Trump. He received a very warm greetings by the President and the first lady Melania Trump. In return, PM Modi gave a very auspicious gift to the first lady.The gifts that he offered were all from Himachal Pradesh except a shawl, which was from Kashmir.
He gifted a traditional handicrafted Himachali silver bangle, famous tea and honey from Kangra valley. He even presented a hand-woven shawl from Himachal Pradesh.
Kangra Tea: Tea cultivation was introduced into Kangra valley about 1850. Palampur and nearby area are known all over the world for its beautiful tea plantations. It is very healthy and has good level of anti-oxidants.
HIMACHALI SHAWLS :- These hand woven traditional shawls are popular since ancient times. Shawls plays an important role in a Himachali people lifestyle as the climate is very cold in the winters, and is also a pride of Himachali attire. Wool for these shawls is obtained through sheeps which are reared at breeding farms located in various districts – Chamba, Mandi, Kinnaur and Hamirpur. Another source of wool is from migratory himalayan goats along with Pashmina goats and angora rabbits.
Today the handicrafts of Shawl weaving has become one of the most popular and rising industries in the state. It supports the livelihood of approximately 35000 weavers in the Himachal Pradesh.
Both the leaders emphasized on the importance of free and fair trade. What this all means to Himachal is that it has created an opportunity for our people to support and invest in these industries and craftsmanship. If everything goes well and more opportunities in terms of jobs and production quantity along with quality are created, we can create a huge market at world scale for our iconic products.
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