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Pearl Academy of Fashion empowers prison women
Sep '09
Pearl Academy of Fashion (PAF), India's premiere fashion and design institute has joined hands with India Vision Foundation which runs the vocational training centre at Tihar Jail to empower women prisoners by being a part of their weaving behind bars project.

India Vision Foundation, has been supporting the Vocational Training projects inside Tihar Jail in New Delhi with a view to provide the inmates a skill that will help in their rehabilitation on their release from imprisonment.

The weaving project aims to teach the women inmates weaving and entrepreneurial skills. These skills learnt in Jail, would help them gain financial independence after their release and would also be a way of restoring their self confidence and utilizing their time constructively.

The women not only learn to weave, but they are also taught new designs and techniques on how to improve the marketing of their products in Europe.

This project also gives the inmates, the power and a mode of self-expression. They put their thoughts, hopes and dreams down into weaving and the end product is incredible.

Through this project the women inmates are given an opportunity to earn a little money. Each inmate is paid a daily wage. The money is deposited in their internal Bank Account in Tihar Jail. These women can withdraw their money whenever they desire.

The team of Pearl Academy of Fashion has made a preliminary visit to Tihar Jail on 17th July, 2009 and is now working on the product styling of an inventory of 2000 woven samples of different sizes which have been developed by the inmates.

The products they are working on include Cushion Covers, Mobile Covers, Hand Bags, Gift Boxes, Jewellery Cases, Jwellery Roll, Visiting Cards Holder, Photo Frames, and Belts.

The team has realized that there is lot of potential if they combine right colours, materials and product styling through the skill of these inmates. They have also realized that the Tapestry weaving technique is the main skill which can be practically employed at this stage after which a few more basic techniques can also be imparted.

The Pearl Academy team will also be developing new designs for weaving using hand frames. The team will give complete design directions which will help the inmates develop complete collections.

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