Chennai, Nov 30: Chennai Silks, one of the leading silk merchants in the City has manufactured the world's costliest Silk Sari worth Rs. 40 lakhs, released yesterday.
The sari studded with gold, diamonds, emeralds and other precious stones has woven by the silk house's own weavers weighs around eight kgs.
Talking about the sari with media persons, the AGM of Chennai Silks, K.V. Sriram told: "The most special thing about the sari is the Ravi Varma painting which has been woven into it. All the intricate details in the painting have been replicated like the curly hair of the ladies and the jewels they are wearing."
The exceptionally stunning sari is woven with 12 precious stones and metals to depict 11 of Raja Ravi Varma's popular paintings. Already in the Limca Book of Records, this sari has got a place as the first silk sari with the use of 7,440 jacquard hooks and 66,794 cards during the weaving process. Moreover, a group of consummate workers took nearly 4,680 hours to complete the work.
While it has already entered the Limca Book of Records, the company says it will try to enter the Guinness Book as well. It took 30 weavers around seven months to make the sari and its launch was also star-studded with actors Suhasini Mani Rathnam, Shobhana and Jeeva attending the event.
So, was the attempt just for a record? "This sari can be worn. Normally also it can be used, so it's not just for a record," Sriram said.
He claimed that they have already received enquiries regarding the sari and hopes that it will be sold soon.