The Association of Creative Sewing Art of Malaysia and Epal Handicraft Training Centre showcased all three of their handiworks that made it into the Guinness World Records.
The records were for making the world’s largest bag, the most number of people sewing simultaneously, and for a flower decoration using the most fabric.
A total of 1,492 people made the largest bag while 606 random Malaysians sewed simultaneously during the event at Perbadanan Putrajaya in Putrajaya.
The 62,000 decorated flowers made of fabric were created by Kajang prison inmates with guidance from members of the two organising bodies.
The exhibition was launched on March 8 at Sewing World, One City, in USJ, Subang Jaya. It will be held until March 19.
“The works that gained recognition from the Guinness World Records were produced by people of various races, age groups, and backgrounds with the aim of developing unity through art,” said Epal Handicraft Training Centre managing director Fully Chye Goet Lee.
“Not only women are involved in this, even men take part in our classes and activities. Besides that, we also give opportunities to the disabled as a way to recognise their talent.
“Many people think that sewing is only about clothes and dresses, but it’s not just that, sewing is beyond imagination. You can sew anything you want with the correct guidance,” Chye added during a press conference..
Also launched during the event was the Searching for The Star programme.
Chye said the programme was to help the underprivileged improve their quality of life through skills and entrepreneurship, and it was open to all Malaysians with an household monthly income of below RM3,000. Single mothers are encouraged to join the programme.
Epal Handicraft Training Centre will provide 100 sewing machines for the programme.
The handicrafts made by the students or young entrepreneurs from Association of Creative Sewing Art of Malaysia will be sold at its Handmade Market on the fourth week of every month in various locations.
Chye said a few private agencies supported the programme, one of which is Pavilion Kuala Lumpur that was sponsoring 10 applicants by footing the bill worth RM1,400 to help them build a better life.
Kinrara state assemblyman Ng Sze Han, who was present at the launch of the exhibition, said the programme was good for women to excel in their life.
Among other activities during the exhibition were a workshop on designing print fabric, DIY workshops to produce bags and key-chains, and a registration counter for Handmade Market.