At the G20 meeting in Jaipur, Commerce Minister Shri Piyush Goyal and French Minister Mr. Olivier Becht inaugurate the “Navaratan” exhibition.

Hon’ble Minister of Commerce & Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal, and Mr. Olivier Becht, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade, Economic Attractiveness and French Nationals Abroad, Government of France, who are currently attending the G20 Trade and Investment working group meetings (TIMM) in Jaipur, inaugurated the “Navaratan” exhibition, which is held on the sidelines of the G20 TIMM at the Chandra Mahal, Sawai Man Singh Mahal, Rambagh Palace Hotel, Jaipur.

The “Navaratan” exhibition, part of a series of exhibitions associated with the G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting, provides an entertaining spectacle for renowned G20 participants, displaying the city’s competence in gems and jewellery, textiles and crafts. The theme centred around the concept of “NAVARATAN,” which represents the nine precious stones in various colors and their influence on Rajasthan’s Jewellery, traditional Crafts, and bright textiles, thus adding to the region’s rich heritage. This comprehensive exhibition aims to promote collaboration, investment, and trade among domestic and foreign partners in various areas.

At the Experience Zone, Shri Piyush Goyal and Mr. Olivier Becht talked with artisans. They wanted to learn about the sophisticated procedures of creating various gems and jewelry items, as well as a wide range of indigenous textiles from Rajasthan such as Dabu, Block Print, Bandhani, Gotta Patti, Ralli Patch work, and Kota Doria. Traditional handicrafts such as elegant and carved boxes, decorated figures, marble gold leaf work, hand-painted wooden handicrafts, inlay work, and Jodhpur jutties are also available.

The enthralling experience zone featuring gems and jewelry, organized by The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), highlighted Rajasthan as a significant global jewelry powerhouse. This innovative zone involved delegates in the intricate art of jewellery production, displaying the journey of Kundan Meena, diamonds, and precious gemstones from mine to market, as well as the rigorous craftsmanship process that goes into each piece. Exclusive booths that proudly presented the amazing spectrum of colored gemstones, ranging from their raw forms to cut specimens masterfully merged into jewelry pieces, were central to this experience.

Mr. Vipul Shah, Chairman of the GJEPC, expressed his delight, saying, “The exhibition exemplifies the seamless fusion of tradition and modernity that characterizes Jaipur’s industries.” He emphasized how this dynamic combination not only maintains heritage but also promotes Jaipur’s industry into a thriving and innovative future.

Live craft displays of Thikri, Block Printing, Lac Bangles, Blue Pottery, and Sanjhi Art provided attendees with personal knowledge of Rajasthan’s rich artisan traditions and heritage.

The event also featured intricately carved boxes, ornate sandooks, exquisite jewelry, and ornamented figures that reflect the region’s rich tradition. Through a captivating film, the immersive Experience Zone of Gems & Jewellery also revealed the rich traditions, delicate craftmanship, and meticulous technique of Rajasthan’s jewellery making art.

With over 300 participants from G20 countries expected, the Hon’ble Union Commerce and Industry Minister, Shri Piyush Goyal, will preside over this crucial TIMM conference. His foresight sets the tone for conversations that will define global trade and investment policies under India’s G20 presidency. Jaipur is an ideal setting for delegates to gain a quick but immersive understanding of India’s rich cultural heritage, art, and traditions.

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