What ingredients can make sari most-expensive? Fabric, Jewels, Designer brand, or the heritage carried by it. Anything else? Kindly add paintings to your limited options. It has been made possible as a silk sari woven with 12 valuable stones and metals replicating 11 famous paintings of Raja Ravi Verma would create a space for itself in Guinness book of world record with a price tag of Rs40 Lakh.
To be identified as a ‘the world’s most expensive sari’ for sure, it is designed by handloom weavers of city-based textile house ‘The Chennai Silks’ and portrays Verma’s renowned art work of ‘Lady Musicians’ featuring women choir from diverse enriching milieu. The border of the sari flaunts 10 paintings by Ravi Verma, which can be seen as a tribute to the celebrated artist. Trinkets made of gold, ruby, diamond, emerald, platinum, silver, yellow sapphire, sapphire, cat’s eye, topaz, pearl and coral are all incorporated to embellish the women attribute in the paintings, via convoluted hand woven process. It is being claimed that the production of the sari consumer 4,680 man hours of the highly-skilled weavers, using a double warp.
This is the first silk sari ever produced using 7,440 jacquard hooks (active in interlacing a design) and 66,794 cards (that helped in punching an explicit design using CAD software). The sari has already entered the Limca Book of Records and would be a unique swathe for a would-be bride.