India is all set to host a grand G20 Summit in New Delhi on September 9 and 10 at the Bharat Mandapam in Pragati Maidan. The national capital will see world leaders and heads of international organizations taking part in the global event. Adding to the allure of this momentous gathering, it has now been unveiled that delegates attending the G20 Summit will enjoy their meals using intricately carved bespoke silverware and gold-plated utensils.
The silverware will showcase exquisite designs inspired by India’s rich cultural heritage. The majority of these utensils will incorporate a base of either steel or brass, sometimes even a combination of both, enhanced with a delicate silver coating. Notably, certain pieces designated for serving welcome drinks will be luxuriously adorned with gold plating.
The news agency ANI has shared a video displaying the utensils intended for use by the summit delegates. This footage provides a glimpse of the various types of silverware set to grace the official luncheons and dinners during the summit.
Iris Jaipur, a renowned metalware company, informed PTI that it had secured orders from numerous upscale hotels. These orders were for crafting tailor-made silverware and tableware exclusively intended for foreign guests residing at these prestigious establishments.
Laksh Pabuwal, the owner of the metalware company located in Jaipur, disclosed that a team of 200 skilled artisans meticulously handcrafted a staggering 15,000 pieces of silverware exclusively for the G20 Summit. The collective effort consumed a grand total of 50,000 working hours to bring these exceptional products to fruition.
“The tableware and silverware depict the glorious cultural heritage of India, motifs of flowers, peacocks, and our national animal grace the plates, and other items. And, the silverware will dazzle the Heads of State with their cultural sparkle, and they will see it and exclaim wow,” Pabuwal told PTI.
Rajesh Pabuwal, the proprietor’s father, emphasized that the silverware was both produced and artistically designed within India. Highly skilled craftsmen hailing from diverse regions such as West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, and beyond contributed their expertise to this remarkable project. These exquisite items symbolize a dedicated commitment to advancing the ‘Make In India’ initiative initiated by the government under the leadership of Narendra Modi.
During the G20 Summit scheduled from September 8 to 10, Delhi will undergo a series of restrictions. Within the New Delhi region, all commercial establishments, educational institutions, banks, and private offices will remain closed, except for essential services.
The Delhi Police has clarified that vital services such as hospitals, pharmacies, as well as dairy and vegetable vendors, will continue to operate during this period.
The 18th G20 Summit will witness the participation of prominent leaders, including US President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.