Monday, June 11, 2012
Longest Baby Belt: Mary Jane Francois sets world record
Yellowknife, NT, Canada -- Mary Jane Francois, 71, the elder at K'alemi Dene School in Ndilo, just finished her 6.5 metre baby belt she worked at past two years
with help from Patricia Baldwin, a teacher at the school
, setting the world record for the Longest Baby Belt,
according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Mary Jane Francois (left) and Patricia Baldwin show off a 6.5 metre baby belt in K'alemi Dene School in Ndilo. Photo: Kevin Allerston
Baby belts are traditional aboriginal garments mothers use to carry their babies.
The Guinness world record for the longest leather belt measures 62 m 91 cm (206 ft 36 in) and was made by the Almpani Brothers factory.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest belt buckle: 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) tall, 2.59 m (8 ft 6 in) wide, achieved by ESPN in partnership with Kelly Graham (Both USA).
"When I finished I was just feeling so happy. I was so excited," said 71 year-old Francois, who is the elder at K'alemi Dene School in Ndilo. "I never thought I was going to finish it," The Northern News Services reported.
The World's Longest Baby Belt consists of 26 beaded flowers, each about the size of a person's hand, with a rainbow in the middle, the symbol for the school.
For the nearly two years it took to complete the project, Francois would bead for about four hours in the morning.
Francois didn't do the beading project entirely on her own. She had help from Patricia Baldwin, a teacher at the school, who drew the designs based on previous beadwork patterns Francois had done.
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Monday, June 11, 2012 4:05 PM