Story By: Georgina Jadikovska, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
This pair of 230-feet-long trousers that took eight months of work by a refugee in Switzerland will be turned into shopping bags once they have been certified as the largest ever made by Guinness World Record officials.
Xwendekar Kelesh, 44, a native Kurd who was a tailor in Syria before he fled to Switzerland as a refugee and settled down in the Beromunster municipality said: “I have had this idea ever since 2016 when I bought my first Guinness World Record Book in Arabic.”
He told local news site Pilatus Today “I saw that so many people were doing all of these incredible things so I told myself – I can also do something. I am a great tailor; this is my occupation which I have inherited from my father. Then I just said – I will do something myself, why not?”
According to Pilatus Today, the 70-metre-long (230 feet) cotton trousers weigh an estimated 700 kilograms (1,543 lbs), come fitted with a 16-metre (52-foot) zipper and would be the perfect fit for a 180-metre (590 foot ) tall human.
Xwendekar told local media that he started the project after mentioning it to his teammates following a football match.
He said that the team immediately rallied around the idea and within days 50 locals had offered to help him with the project.
Patrick Curschellas, one of the volunteers on the project, told Pilatus Today that: “He [Xwendekar] sewed the 700-kilogram cotton garment with a regular sewing machine.”
Patrick explained that the volunteers then used a special lifting technique to feed the enormous pair of trousers through the machine.
The project cost approximately CHF 4,500 (GBP 3,534) and was funded by a sponsor who wished to remain anonymous.
Currently, the largest pair of trousers dates back to 2019 when a 65.5 metre long pair of jeans were measured in a parking lot of the Peruvian capital, Lima.
Xwendekar wants to put the project to good use, if he and his team break the record he plans to use the material to sew 12,000 reusable shopping bags, which will be sold with the proceeds going to charity.
Curschellas added: “This would be a good way to draw attention to the plastic pollution in our world.”
It is not clear when officials from the Guinness World Records will arrive in Beromunster to officially confirm the length of the giant trousers.