With this piece of clothing he is fulfilling a lifelong dream: Xwendekar Kelesh from Beromünster LU has tailored what is probably the largest pair of trousers in the world for almost eight months. It is 70 meters long and weighs 700 kilograms.
It has a 16 meter long zipper and would fit a 180 meter tall person. On Sunday the giant trousers were presented to the population in Beromünster and officially measured. With her Kelesh wants to create the entry in the Guinness Book of Records. If he succeeds, the passionate tailor plans to sew around 12,000 fabric bags out of his pants, which are to be given away but also sold in shops in Beromünster, Sempach Stadt and Neuenkirch.
“This is a way to draw attention to the plastic pollution in our world,” says Patrick Curschellas when asked by the Keystone-SDA news agency, which supported Kelesh with his project.
With a normal sewing machine
Xwendekar Kelesh got help for the realization from the men’s team Beromünster, of which he is a member. The man who fled Syria to Switzerland eleven years ago and had to leave a large tailor shop behind in his home country has always dreamed of such a project, says Curschellas.
Once after a rehearsal for the men’s team, Kali, as everyone calls him, told of his lifelong dream. In no time he found 50 enthusiastic helpers who helped him with the tailoring work on 14 Sundays.
Kelesh created a kind of pattern for this – of course not in the original size, says Curschellas. He sewed the 700 kilogram cotton garment with a normal sewing machine. The helpers developed a special technique to lift the fabric while sewing. “But only Kali always had the overview,” says Curschellas.
The world record was set in 2019
The material cost a total of 4500 francs. The crew found a sponsor who wanted to remain anonymous and who wanted to help Kelesh grant his wish. “If we make a profit from selling the cloth bags, we will donate this money to a charitable project against plastic pollution,” says Curschellas.
The current world record for the largest pair of trousers dates back to 2019. The 65.5-meter-long jeans were measured in a parking lot in the Peruvian capital, Lima. (SDA)