January 8, 2013 – In the Indian city of Pune, 42-year-old finance broker Datta Phuge has had a shirt custom-stitched from gold, combining his investment with a desire to make a bold statement.
“I am a Maratha [a person belonging to a warrior caste]. Marathas have fascination for wearing golden ornaments,” stated Phuge. “I am no different”.
As reported by the Daily Sun and Business Insider, gold flowerings were stitched to a velvet shirt, much like chain mail might be linked together. Weighing 3.5 kilograms (7.7 pounds) by itself, the shirt was stitched from 22 karat gold by Ranka Jewellers. It took 17 days to complete the shirt.
Phuge has also taken to adorning the shirt with additional golden ornamentation including chains, bracelets and rings and necklaces. Although the shirt is new, he has been wearing the ornaments, weighing about 6.5 kilograms (14.3 pounds) for several years. Phuge has referred to himself as a “10 kilogram gold man,” referring to the combined weight of his attire. He has stated that he plans to wear the precious metal ensemble permanently for the rest of his life.