SAARC Summit 17 First Lady Gift

Reception of high officials at Fehendhoo
by Francois Pyrard (ca. 1578 – ca. 1623), Renown explorer, famous for his written personal account of his adventures in the Maldives for 1602 – 1607
“…cloth is half silk and half cotton, very well woven, and coloured red, an ell and a half (nearly 4 feet) in
length, and three-quarters of an ell in width”
“…laden some with coconuts, others with bananas, betel, and other fruits with which the island abounds,
everything being arranged in baskets and white boxes made of coconut palm leaves. These are made for the
occasion and are not used again; for these leaves are so common and the people so clever in making the baskets,
that they never require to use them twice….”