‘Mother India’s Crochet Queens’ have done it again. In 2015, close to 2,000 members of the group, popularly called MICQ, set their first Guinness World Record by knitting the largest crochet blanket in the world, measuring 11,148 square meters.
In 2017, the group successfully broke another record, for the longest crochet scarf, which measured 14.089 kilometers. On Jan. 21, MICQ broke the world record for the world’s largest display of crochet sculptures.
They made crocheted sculptures in the form of Amigurumis, which are small crocheted dolls. The word is a portmanteau of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll.
The group, which comprises crochet lovers from all over the world, including India, and the U.S., made 58,917 crocheted sculptures, and broke an earlier record set by a group in the U.K, which created 13,388 crochet sculptures in 2014.
An Indian American member of the group, Rubamurali, who is also the goodwill ambassador for the U.S., told India-West that this time, “720 members from all over the world attempted for crochet sculptures based on the theme of “Go Green-Save Earth.”
The record was adjudicated by Swapnil Dangarika of the Guinness World Records, London.
Rubamurali, a resident of Santa Clarita, Calif., added that 15 Indian American members from across the U.S. played a role in breaking this record.
From the White House to the space museum to the Lincoln Memorial, the Indian American group knitted various American historical monuments along with food items like pizzas, popcorns, burgers, and french-fries.
The group is the brainchild of Chennai-based crochet lover Subashri Natarajan.