The Gold Man


According to India Today, gold-obsessed businessmen and politicians are nothing new in India. Not long ago, a man by the name of Ramesh Wanjale was spotted wearing 4 pounds of gold, then NCP functionary Samrat Moze wore 18 pounds of gold in the form of jewelry and ornaments, but chit fund Datta Phuge found a way to one-up them both. He had a team of 15 goldsmiths working 18 hours a day for over 15 days in order to finish a 7 pound woven gold shirt. The gold shirt has been one of my dreams, Mr Phuge told Indian newspaper the Pune Mirror. It will be an embellishment to my reputation as the ‘Gold man of Pimpri, Phuge said. His extravagant garment consists of 14,000 gold flowerings, interwoven with one lakh spangles. It was assembled on a fabric base of imported white velvet, and comes with six Swarovski crystal buttons and an intricate belt, also made of gold.” w/ photos

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