• South African prison inmates knitting world's largest Madiba blanket

    AgenciesJohannesburgAug 13, 2017, 18:08 IST

    In a novel initiative, hundreds of inmates from South African prisons will knit the world's largest portrait blanket of Nelson Mandela that will be visible from space to mark the anti-apartheid icon's 100th birth anniversary next year.

    The 'Massive Mandela Masterpiece' project is the brainchild of the '67 Blankets for Mandela' organisation started a few years ago by Carolyn Steyn to knit blankets in honour of the number of years that Mandela has spent in service of his country.

    The massive portrait is being made to mark Mandela's 100th birth anniversary on July 18 next year. "This will be the largest portrait blanket in the world," Steyn said at the launch of the project by the Department of Correctional Services at the Zonderwater Correctional Centre yesterday.

    "Each blanket will measure 160 by 160 centimetres to make a pixel. The blanket will measure about 4,500 square metres and you will not only be able to see Madiba's face from the sky, but also from space," Steyn added.

    The huge blanket will be knitted from wool worth almost R6.7 crore, which has been donated by an anonymous well-wisher. Agencies

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