Tihar Jail Gets Fashion Laboratory for Women Prisoners

A fashion laboratory was set up in Tihar Jail premises with all the essential facilities and tools to learn basics of design.

Tihar Jail and Pearl Academy have jointly set up a fashion laboratory at the prison premises to bring new hope for woman inmates by encouraging to learn life-sustaining skills.

Pearl Academy CEO, Nandita Abraham says she is super excited about this initiative, which attempts to find to set an example that cages can’t restrain creativity.

Fashion Laboratory in Tihar Prison

Fashion Laboratory was set up in Tihar Jail premises with all the essential facilities and tools to learn basics of design

Nandita said “For 23 years, we have been transforming the lives of young. For the first time, we are doing a project with the Tihar Jail, and this project aims at giving livelihood to the inmates.”

The Director General (Prisons) Sudhir Yadav said, “Long-term isolation and the stigma attached to serving time in prison has indicated a lowered self-confidence among inmates, making it all more difficult to adapt when reintroduced into the society. We are keenly directing our efforts to restore this confidence so their reorientation is as seamless as possible.”

Facilities in the Laboratory

The aim is to offer a unique opportunity to the women inmates of Tihar Prison to build a holistic and independent life after the prison period. The Pearl Academy is set up the fashion laboratory with all the equipment’s, essential facilities, and tools necessary for learning basics of design and construction within the prison premises.

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The lab provides specialized sewing machines, ironing machines, overlock machines and dress forms pattern tables with cork top. The lab is furnished with pattern making tools and sewing kits with the latest lighting and ventilation facilities.

The Pearl Academy will also conduct a certification program with an aim to build self-confidence in the women prisoners.

Details of the training

The certificate course will have a 45-day capsule divided into three core modules along with a module on dress construction and basic fashion design. In a single academic year, there will be three such capsules. The training will be given to the inmates in the slash and spread method and in tracing the basic bodice. For the placements, two or more trainees will be assisted.

Fashion Show held in Prison of Tihar

Fashion show was held at the inaugural function by the Pearl Academy students

Inaugural Function

The institute was launched on Wednesday and the inauguration ceremony was followed by a joint fashion show and a cultural program by the women inmates and Pearl Academy students inside the prison venue. Spearheaded by Sudhir Yadav, Director General of Tihar Prison and Professor Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy has jointly launched the fashion laboratory.

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On this occasion, Punya Salila Srivastava, Secretary, Directorate of Training and Technical Education and Abhishek Singh, District Magistrate has also participated. Extending their support to this unique initiative aimed at skilling and hence empowering the women inmates.

One of the Jail officers said, “I am really happy with this initiative and i hope the inmates come forward to take advantage of this platform.”

The Pearl academy students showcased their design to inspire the future designers. The cultural show was enjoyed by the inmates.