Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to present 100 Banarasi silks sarees to Michelle Obama when she and President Obama visit India this weekend, Hindustan Times daily has reported.
“Banarasi silk sarees with old, unique designs and finest quality Banarasi dress material for the U.S. first lady from PM’s constituency are on its way to New Delhi,” a senior BJP leader of Varanasi, now closely associated with the PM, told the Delhi newspaper.
According to the daily, Michelle Obama’s “love for Indian silk is no secret,” and she has “been spotted wearing Jacquard silk dresses designed by international bigwigs Tracy Resse, Naeem Khan and Alexander McQueen.”
Jacquard silk is a specialty of weavers of Banaras, the constituency Modi represents in parliament.
The Ministry of Textiles also has sent a separate request to the Varanasi Vastra Udyog Sangh with details about the Banarasi silk sarees and fabric to be presented to Michelle Obama, the Hindustan Times reported.
President Obama is the guest of honor at the Republic Day parade in India.