Pankaj Parakh, a school drop-out, who made his fortunes from a garment fabrication business, is also the Deputy Mayor of Yeola town in Nashik district, around 250 km from Mumbai. He has got a ‘special’ shirt made of four-kg gold on his 45th birthday in 2014. Two years on, the four-kg gold attire has entered the Guinness World Records (GWR) as the most expensive gold shirt; it was bought on 1, August 2014.
The shirt has been crafted with pure gold strands, weighing 4.10 kg, is currently valued at over Rs.1.30 crore, and is supplemented by other golden paraphernalia including a gold watch, several gold chains, large gold rings, a gold mobile cover and golden-framed spectacles — the total weight of this opulence being a whopping 10 kgs! It also has a thin cloth lining inside to avoid rubbing or chafing
“This is simply unbelievable. I am a small man from a remote area in Maharashtra. I am happy that this achievement had catapulted my village name into the whole world,” an emotional Parakh said.
“I had stitched this shirt for my 45th birthday two years ago. I have been fascinated by gold since my school days and over the years it became a passion, almost an obsession,” informed Mr. Parakh. The shirt was designed by Bafna Jewellers, Nashik and meticulously executed by Shanti Jewellers at Parel in Mumbai. A team of 20 select artisans spent over 3,000 hours over two months to craft this 18-22 carat pure gold strands, to the last thread and ‘stitch’ it, and the deal was fully billed — to keep tax sleuths at bay.