Chennai: Crochet making, the art of sewing clothes manually through loops and yarns, that caught the fancy of more than a 1,000 women from across the world has now scaled new heights in the city. The determined women achieved the feat of breaking the Guinness World Record for making the world's largest crochet blanket.
The group which calls themselves Mother India's Crochet Queens reached their target on 31 January at the premises of MNM Jain Engineering College, Thoraipakkam.
Five crochet blankets of length 11,148 sq m was the end result achieved by the crochet queens after breaking the existing record of 3,377 sq m which was set in South Africa in April 2015. Nearly 1,000 women from India and abroad set to achieve the target from the previous day itself and the goal was attained before an official from Guinness World Records, London, flew down to Chennai to examine the blankets.
"After several levels of scrutiny and making sure that there were no discrepancies in the blankets, we were able to complete the record-breaking event," says Remya Sanjeev, the event coordinator for Chennai.
The entire set of blankets together was big enough to cover the college football ground.
The event was inaugurated by chairman, Red Cross Society, Tamilnadu branch, Harish L Metha, and actor Jayam Ravi.
As said earlier by the crochet queens, the blankets will be distributed to 100 needy people. The participants gave away the blankets to several NGOs such as Annai Fathima Child Welfare Centre and an old age home, soon after they were bestowed with the Guinness record title.