India is set to host the G20 Summit in New Delhi on September 9 and 10, an event that will bring together world leaders and heads of international organizations. One unique aspect of this summit is the exquisite tableware and silverware that will be used to serve the delegates, reflecting India’s rich cultural heritage. The tableware and silverware have been meticulously crafted to showcase India’s cultural legacy. They feature elegant motifs inspired by the country’s heritage, including flowers, peacocks, and even the national animal. These intricately engraved designs are intended to dazzle the Heads of State and other world leaders attending the summit. Most of the items are made with a steel or brass base, some with a mix of both, and then coated with silver. Additionally, certain pieces, such as those used for welcome drinks.
These bespoke silverware and tableware were created by Iris Jaipur, a metalware firm based in Jaipur, India. Over 15,000 silverware items were crafted by 200 skilled artisans, requiring a total of 50,000 hours to complete. Craftsmen from various regions across India, including West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka, worked on this project, aligning with the ‘Make in India’ scheme launched by the government. Luxury hotels in the region have placed orders for these unique silverware and tableware, which will be used for serving lavish dinners and luncheons to VVIP foreign guests staying at these hotels during the summit. The designs are characterized by meticulous detailing, beaded borders, and a fusion of semi-machined hand craftsmanship with contemporary casting techniques. The electroplated silver finish adds sophistication and aligns seamlessly with the grandeur of the event.
The company behind these creations, Iris Jaipur, emphasized that the silverware and tableware bridge tradition and modern aesthetics will be a highlight of the prestigious summit. Each piece portrays India’s cultural heritage, with floral imprints and depictions of the national animal and bird. Silver-plated and silver tableware are known for their hygienic properties and were used by Indian Maharajas in ancient times. These items are typically made from an alloy of copper and various materials, ensuring both beauty and functionality.
In addition to serving meals, special silverware has been crafted for garlands and other items used to welcome high-profile guests. The G20 Leaders’ Summit will take place at the newly-built international convention and exhibition centre, Bharat Mandapam, at Pragati Maidan, where these exquisite silverware items will play a role in creating a truly memorable and culturally rich experience for the attending world leaders.