Fashion designing lessons for female Tihar inmates

New Delhi: Women inmates of high security Tihar prison will acquire fashion designing lessons in a well equipped ‘Fashion Lab’ that will offer a three-month certificate course enabling them to look for a career in the industry after coming out of jail.

The facility, a collaborative initiative between Tihar administration and Pearl Academy was inaugurated today at Jail number 6 (women’s jail) of Tihar prison complex.

“It is a unique initiative to promote skill development among inmates. It will help the women inmates to learn life sustaining skills and will provide them with great opportunities to earn a livelihood after being released from prison,” said Sudhir Yadav, DG Prisons.

Well-known fashion designer Reena Dhaka was also present on the occasion of launch of the Fashion Lab. A joint fashion show and a cultural programme was presented by the women inmates along with the students of the academy.

The course capsule will last for 45 days. It will be divided into three core modules, said a Pearl Academy spokesperson.

The academy, a leading institution for design, fashion and creative busines, will conduct 3 such capsule courses in one academic year and each batch will comprise 22 inmates, said the spokesperson.

The inmates who will complete the course will also be helped in placements.

“This is one of a kind initiative which will help the women inmates of Tihar jail to build a new life after prison,” said CEO of Pearl Academy, Nandita Abraham.

The Fashion Lab is equipped with all the facilities and machinery needed for learning basics of design and construction skills, she said.

“We are happy to be a part of Skill India Mission and also in our small way, trying our best to contribute to the society by empowering these women to help them rebuild their lives,” she added.