Oct 13, 2009 at 12:48pm IST

Chennai weaves the world's costliest sari

Chennai: A palanquin arrived amid much fanfare at Chennai Silks, a textile house in Tamil Nadu, to give a princely welcome for an outfit that's fit for a queen – a sari studded with gold, diamonds, emeralds and other precious stones.

The textile house has woven what it claims is the world's costliest sari, one that costs Rs 40 lakh and weighs around eight kilogram.

“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,” Assistant General Manager of Chennai Silks K V Sriram said.

While it has already entered the Limca Book of Records, the company says it will try to enter the Guiness 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 Ratnam, 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.

The director claims they have already received enquiries regarding the sari and hopes that it will be sold soon.