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  Thursday, October 22, 2009

  Largest wicker basket-world record set in Cluj

 CLUJ, Romania -- A team of 16 skilled craftsmen created a wicker basket 9.48 meters high and basis of 18.17 meters long, 10.20 meters wide during 9 days– establishing a new world record for the Largest Wicker Basket.

  “We used over 12,000 of wickers - 12 cubic meters of wicker from the Petresti forest in Cluj County."

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    "In Turda we have a tradition of baskets twining. If we had the wicker prepared, we would have finished it in three days. Otherwise, it took us a long time before we found them", Dragop joked after the basket was ready.

  The team of 16 craftsmen from the traditional artisan community in Turda, guided by Tudor Dragop and Bazil Rezmives worked to twine the Largest Wicker Basket, in which one million of homemade bread or 350 tones of maize grains fit.

   A Commission made up of the vice-president of the Cluj County Council, Fekete Emoke, county counselor Mihai Szeplekan of Cluj and the Notary from Cluj, Ovidiu Boldut, drew up the minutes containing the results of the Largest Wicker Basket measurements -operation carried out by an authorized topographer.

   “The Largest Wicker Basket is also an utility basket, not just a decorative one. We will use it, after the festival, also for the purpose of promoting traditional products", said Ioan Avram, director of Expo Transilvania.

   Wicker is hard woven fiber formed into a rigid material, usually used for baskets or furniture. Wicker is often made of material of plant origin, but plastic fibers are also used.
   Materials used can be any part of a plant, such as the cores of cane of rattan stalks, or whole thicknesses of plants, as with willow switches. Other popular materials include reed and bamboo.

   Often a frame is made of stiffer materials, after which more pliant material is used to fill in the frame. Wicker is light yet sturdy, making it suitable for furniture that will be moved often. It is often used for porch and patio furniture.

   The manufacturing of the Largest Wicker Basket was sponsored by ACI Group of Companies.

   The previous world record for the Largest Wicker Basket was established by the wicker Basket twined on 20-30 August 2000, at the Cultural Center of Nowy Tomys in Poland; it had the shape of a ship, with the of length of 17.29 meters, the width 9.46 meters and the height of 7.7 meters. 
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