SA breaks another world record

2010-09-23 16:39

Cape Town - South Africans shouldn’t be alarmed if they spot a massive hot pink T-shirt from the skies above the Denel Aviation Centre near OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg.

The Guinness World Record for the biggest T-shirt on earth now belongs to South Africa after a shirt taller than the Statue of Liberty was made.

Over 64m in length and 43m wide, excluding the sleeves, the shirt was made of more than 7 000m of fabric, enough material to cover the length of Robben Island twice.

About 6.5 million stitches were used to keep the garment together.

The brainchild of stain remover Vanish, which is manufactured by Reckitt Benckiser, the shirt took a team of tailors and seamstresses three weeks of non-stop work to sew together, said organisers.

The actual manufacturing of the T-shirt was managed by National Flag and Branding.

“Owning the world’s biggest T-shirt is a record for South Africans, made by South Africans. From the people involved, to the material and thread used, this is a 100% home-grown initiative,” said Jiri Kulik, general manager for Reckitt Benckiser SA.

Officially verified by Guinness World Records on September 15, the T-shirt is currently on display in a hangar at the Denel Aviation Centre near OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg.

The hot pink T-shirt joins other South African world records set during 2010, including the largest trumpet (vuvuzela), the biggest soccer ball and the longest barbeque (braai) marathon.

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