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A Ganesha handbag that costs Rs 2,60,000!

September 02, 2008 16:17 IST
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High-end label Judith Leiber is offering fashionistas a truly unique product for Ganeshotsav this year.

World-famous for its handbags and fine jewellery, Leiber is the choice of royalty and the fabulousy wealthy and is now available in India. And this Ganeshotsav, if you can afford a pricetag of Rs 2,60,000, this crystal-studded Ganesh clutch purse is all yours!

6¾" high, 4.5" wide and 3.5" deep, it is a collectors' item and is embellished with 12,000 high quality multi-coloured Austrian crystals. Each crystal is painstakingly positioned by hand and the bag comes in a box hand-stamped in brass and plated with gold.

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Says creative director of the company and designer of the clutch Frank Zambrelli, "When we began, I looked at nearly 700 images of Ganesh. The research of art depicting him was a study unto itself. The great variation of poses, what Ganesh carries or doesn't carry, depended heavily on the period in history, or the artistic interpretation. What varied less, however, were the rich colours, the ornate depictions of the noose, the elephant goad and the rat or mouse. For me it was important to have this piece be a true representation of the deity, while still allowing for a more Leiber style expression of color and gradation. It's really a new level of work for us. In fact, Ganesh has more colour variation than any other Leiber minaudiere ever created, and takes more time to complete than any piece we currently craft."

Photograph courtesy the Marigold Group

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