Ceredigion crafts presented to world leaders

Jane and Nia with gifts for world leaders. (10061432)

Jane and Nia with gifts for world leaders. (10061432)

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Local craftswomen had their unique wares included in a selection of fine Welsh goods presented to world leaders at the NATO Summit in Newport.

Woollen journals created by Nia Hobbs of Rhydlewis and Jane Beck of Tregaron, were among items presented to world leaders attending the NATO Summit at the Celtic Manor resort, in Newport, on Friday.

Items to showcase the country's products and character were given to the visitors, including US President Barack Obama, and goods were provided by more than 25 Welsh businesses and makers.

Jane and Nia were honoured to be chosen by The Welsh Office to represent Welsh business and supply gifts for The Summit.

Nia covered some journals with an archive design Welsh fabric, and 35 journals were sent specially boxed with the NATO logo and a gift label inside.

Jane was also asked to gift a Welsh blanket for both President Obama and The Nato Secretary General from her Heritage Collection woven at Melin Teifi in Drefach Felindre. Special boxes were made by Nia, and the pair even had some last minute NATO labels made by The National weaving Company in Narberth.

Jane said: “I was invited on Tuesday to attend a presentation at Celtic Manor to thank a selected number of suppliers to the Summit and was honoured to meet The Prime Minster David Cameron."

A message from the Prime Minister inside the gift basket read: “During this summit you will see many examples of Wales’ strong defence and aerospace sectors. Here are some fine examples of its strong heritage in craftsmanship and food too.

“From the poems of Dylan Thomas and the craftsmanship of the Royal Mint to produce being made today in Wales, I hope you will enjoy each of these gifts and be inspired by them to find out about all that Wales has to offer.”

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