Assam’s 16th century treasure urged to be brought back from London!

Assam’s 16th century treasure urged to be brought back from London!

Guwahati Mar18: Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Friday urged British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata, Bruce Bucknell to take steps to ensure return of Assam’s treasure — 16th Century’s Vrindavani Vastra — to the State.

The Governor drew Mr Bucknell’s attention to Assam’s treasure, Vrindavani Vastra, a drape woven by Assamese weavers during the 16th Century under guidance of the Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankardev and sought his help in the getting the drape back. It is now in Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The British diplomat, who was in Assam, met the Governor at Raj Bhavan here and the duo discussed a number of issues of mutual interest, an official release said here.

 The Governor pointed out that the State is rich in Eri and Muga silk, handloom and bamboo craft, and both Assam and Britain could work together in these sectors for further promotion so that both could reap rich dividends.

The Governor also requested Britain’s help to organise an exhibition of Assam’s handicraft in that country. He also appreciated the British Deputy High Commissioner’s gesture of visiting Assam and hoped that both would keep working to strengthen bilateral relations.




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