In a ploy that screams excess is best, The Chennai Silks has created the world’s most expensive sari- costing a whopping $100,00! The traditional silk frock is decked with gold, diamonds, rubies and other precious gem stones, which are woven intricately throughout the garment. Rather than the traditional fabric pattern, the sari depicts of India’s master paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, called “Lady Musicians.”
The over the top sari is studded with gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, platinum, silver, yellow sapphire, blue sapphire, cat’s eye, topaz, pearl and coral. Thirty Chennai weavers took over seven months to create this one piece. Aside from its astronomical cost, the sari is also the world’s first to require 7,440 jacquard hooks to complete.
The intricate design shows a group of female musicians, with real precious stones on each figure as in the original painting. Ten more of Varma’s paintings are portrayed in the border around the sari as well.
Aside from draining the wearer’s bank account, the jewel encrusted garment takes a toll on the body- weighing in at almost 18 pounds! Each of the baubles were hand woven into the sari, adding even more layers and weight to remain sturdy. Yet despite its glitz and weight, The Chennai Silks actually expects someone to buy the piece, to be worn. In a country where poverty and unskilled labor runs rampant, the funds spent on the sari could surely see better use.
The sari was debuted by South Indian actresses Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Shobhana and Jeeva.