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A Sari That's Too Expensive to Wear

June 2008
A Sari That's Too Expensive to Wear

Talking of world records, not to mention the good times in India, here’s another eye-catching tidbit: The world’s most expensive sari, worth over $100,000, was brought out by Chennai Silks. Having already won a place in the Limca Book of World Records, it’s expected to be listed in the Guinness World Records. Inlaid with 12 precious stones, the meticulously woven sari depicts 11 paintings of the artist Raja Ravi Verma. His “Lady Musicians” occupies the center of the sari, while the 10 other smaller paintings take up the border of the sari. It took 30 weavers about seven months to complete the sari, which was then displayed to the public by the movie star Suhasini Mani Ratnam. The 12 precious stones used were ruby, pearl, coral, diamond, topaz, emerald, cat’s eye, sapphire, yellow sapphire, platinum, silver and gold.

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