The Chennai Silks is one of the most reputed Indian labels that make high end silk sarees. They have created an ultra luxurious saree in silk and which has designs created with gold, diamonds, rubies and other precious gem stones. The craftsmanship is of such a high quality that that even the stones seem to have been woven in the fabric. It is like a work of art and has acquired the tag of the most expensive saree ever created. The Chennai Silks had taken it up as a project and have used the best of materials. The cost of the saree is a whopping $100,000.
Navratna stones and gold embroidery- Chennai Silks used all that and more to weave the Vivaah Patu, the most expensive silk sari in the world at Rs.40 lakh.
A Painting by Raja Ravi Verma has been Woven into the Saree
The intricate design woven into the body of the saree is particularly appealing as as it is one of the paintings by India’s master painter Raja Ravi Verma called ‘Lady Musicians’. Real gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, platinum, silver, yellow sapphire, blue sapphire, cat’s eye, topaz, pearl and coral have been used to depict the jewelry worn by the lady figures in the painting. Making of the saree was a painstaking process and a team work. Thirty Chennai weavers took over seven months to create this one piece. Apart from being most expensive the saree has created some other records as well. It is also the world’s first to require 7,440 jacquard hooks to complete.
Most Expensive Saree is a Work of Art
The saree also holds the record of being the heaviest as it weighs in at almost 18 pounds. The gold and stones have added substantially to its weight. The stones were hand woven into the fabric by master craftsmen. More than a piece of garment it should be seen as an art work and a fine example of Indian handicraft. It helps highlight the skills available in India. The Chennai Silks is not leaving any stone unturned to showcase the new creation and popular South Indian actresses Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Shobhana and Jeeva helped unveil the artistic saree to the world. The Chennai Silks is hopeful that someone will come forward to buy the most expensive saree.
“The silk sari is made up of navratna stones like diamond, emerald, ruby, yellow sapphire, sapphire, topaz, pearl, cat’s eye and coral. It also has embroidered in metals such as gold, platinum and silver,” Ramesh Raja, floor head, silk section, Chennai Silks, told IANS and added: “It entered Guinness World Records.”
Named ‘Vivaah Patu’ sari, it features the reproduction of 11 paintings by Indian art icon Raja Ravi Varma and it was designed by the director of Chennai Silks, Sivalingam.
The sari which entered the Guinness World Records (http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-5000/most-expensive-sari/) was hand woven using double warp by 36 workers at Chennai Silks mill in Kancheepuram. It weighs 8kg and was completed in 12 months.
“Our director conceptualised the design and it was later taken over and executed by the weaving team. It’s a team effort and the credit goes to Chennai Silks,” Ramesh said. The Rs.40 lakh sari was made on a request from a Kuwait-based businessman, who wants to remain anonymous.
Chennai Silks completed the first such sari Nov 26, 2007 and sold it Jan 5, 2008 to a Bangalore-based businessman, who bought the sari on the occasion of his 10th wedding anniversary.
A year later, a Kuwait-based businessman approached them for Vivaah Patu, which he bought for Rs.40 lakh. The sari was produced using 7,440 jacquard hooks used for interlacing design and 66,700 cards used for punching design with the help of CAD software.
“The sari is very much wearable. The weight is not a concern because once the sari is draped; one can hardly feel the weight. Our model wore the sari for the TV advertisement,” Ramesh told IANS.