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By: Settu Shankar
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 release was also star-studded with actors Suhasini Mani Rathnam, Shobhana and Jeeva attending the event. The sari studded with gold, diamonds, emeralds and other precious stones has been woven by the silk house's own weavers, which weighs around eight kgs.
Talking about the sari with media persons, the AGM of Chennai Silks, KV Sriram said: "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 wear."
The exceptionally stunning sari is woven with 12 precious stones and metals to depict 11 of Raja Ravi Varma's popular paintings. Besides already being recorded in the Limca Book, 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. The company says that apart from entering the Limca Book of Records, it will try to enter the Guinness Book as well. It took 30 weavers around seven months to make the sari.
When asked whether it was an attempt for a record, Sriram said, "This sari can be worn. Normally, it can be used, so it's not just for a record." He claimed that they have already received enquiries regarding the sari and hopes that it will be sold soon.