(NEW DELHI, India) -- First lady Michelle Obama toured the National Crafts Museum in New Delhi, India on Monday, a permanent collection of 20,000 folk and tribal arts showcasing the best artworks in Asia.
Mrs. Obama was joined by over a dozen young girls, ranging in age from 10 to 13 years old, who are part of local non-governmental organizations that work with young girls from poor communities. Many of the girls came from local slums in Delhi and some were orphans.
The visit is part of the first lady’s effort to engage youth around the world and follows similar stops that she has made on foreign trips.
When she arrived, the girls, wearing uniforms, greeted Mrs. Obama with a "Namaste,” a common salutation here in India.
The museum’s director, Dr. Ruchira Ghose, guided the First Lady and the girls through the museum, pointing out some of the crafts and textiles including a hanging scroll and wooden animal figures. On several occasions, the First Lady walked hand-in-hand with some of the students.
The First Lady also stopped at the museum’s marketplace, where every month different craftspeople from all over India show off their products and skills. Mrs. Obama’s staff said she was planning to do some shopping. She perused vendors selling prints, scarves and leather bags.
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