Patola saris

Patola saris, that involve part ikat work, are the most expensive saris in the world. Each classic Patola sari can survive for about 300 years and retain the colour. The saris take four to six months to make, with more than 70 days for the colouring of the silk threads, and about 25 days for the weaving. The costliest sari is priced at a whopping Rs 7 lakh. At least 12 people work for over two years to make it using materials required for 27 normal Patola saris. This extremely complex and time-consuming dyeing art is currently pursued by only four families in Gujarat. Some of the families are trying to keep the tradition alive, but are unsure of its eventual fate.