‘Kurak korpe’ Kazakh patchwork quilt is listed in the Guinness Book of Records
‘Kurak korpe’ Kazakh patchwork quilt is listed in the Guinness Book of Records. Representatives of the headquarters of the Guinness World Records, who arrived specially from the United Kingdom, officially registered the world record in Almaty. The Kazakh patchwork quilt is 10.9 km long.
JOANNE BRENT, SPOKESPERSON, HEADQUARTERS OF GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS:
- The current record of the longest rug is set 1128.37 meters. Congratulations, you have officially broken this today with over 10 times that length, 10908.12 meters in length. This was measured by a qualified surveyor with special equipment.
Over 500 people took part in producing the hand-made masterpiece. Most of the skilled workers are employees of urban libraries in Almaty. The city residents also helped the workers by bringing colourful cuts of fabrics and sewing.
ROZA KABIYEVA, DIRECTOR, CENTRAL LIBRARY, ALMATY CITY:
- It was truly a titanic work of a large number of citizens. 520 people attended the campaign not counting hundreds of Almaty residents, who donated fabrics for sewing. Therefore, I believe that this is the victory of the whole city.
The Kazakh residents have been working on the patchwork quilt for more than five months. They admit that the result has surpassed all expectations. There is a revival of interest in the ancient art of sewing ‘kurak korpe.’ Foreign visitors also show a desire to learn the ancient Kazakh technique of embroidering the local quilt. The main goal has been fully reached which was to popularize the traditions and customs of ancestors.