This post was originally published on 21 April 2016.
A group of 51 women from Qatar were part of the Mother India’s Crochet Queens (MICQ) who recently entered the Guinness World Records for making the largest crochet blanket in the world, measuring 11,148.5 sq metre, covering an entire football pitch.
Over 1,000 participants aged eight to 85, from India, as well as 13 other countries, contributed by creating hundreds of 40 x 40 in sections to make one enormous blanket
The lady behind this mammoth project was 44-year-old crochet-lover Subashri Natarajan based in Chennai.
Subashri, who initially planned to go for the title alone, soon realised she’d need help and used Social Media to invite Indian women across the globe to unite as part of her Mother India’s Crochet Queens campaign.
Contributions from all over the world
The MICQ group members from world over worked hard to finish the challenge and break the previous record of a blanket measuring 3,377 sq. metre that was created in South Africa’s Pretoria on Nelson Mandela Day.
“Qatar chapter, led by Vaishnavi Kuppuswamy, sent a total of 173 blankets each measuring 42 x 42 inches, with some members making over 20 blankets. Every member individually made the blankets and stitched them all together before sending it to India,” one of the group members told The Peninsula.
Generations united by passion
MICQ Qatar also has three generations of a family contributing towards the record attempt. Seena Manoj Kumar, who got to know about MICQ through friends, has got her whole family involved in the project, an article on Qatar Tribune says.
Along with her, lending a hand is her 64-year-old mother, Savithiri Uthaman, who is also the oldest member of the group, and her 16-year-old daughter Amruta. Seena believes that crocheting together has brought them closer and wants to continue crocheting even after the mission has been completed.
All communication within the group is through social media platforms like Facebook or WhatsApp. The group also meets regularly in public places to share information, pass on tips or just to crochet together.
Working for a social cause
Once the record was broken, the blankets were handed over to NGOs which were further distributed to underprivileged people across India.
Each member from this group will receive a personalized certificate from the Guinness World Records on this achievement.
According to its members, MICQ is not just about crocheting or blankets or the Guinness Book of World Records. It is also about building confidence in the thousands of women participants. It gives every woman involved an opportunity to be a part of something huge, something that will bring recognition to her country.
The women can be proud that they are part of this movement and can achieve something based on their own skill and determination.