November 18, 2009 1:07:27 am
Items made by inmates of Tihar Jail are part of the attractions at the India International Trade Fair this year.
Offered by Armaan,an NGO working with Tihar inmates and released prisoners,the exhibition displays the products made at Armaan workshops in the jails.
Visitors can chose from an array of jute bags made by the inmates of Jail 2,woollen clothes made by women prisoners,silk kurtas handcrafted by men of Jail 8 and 9 and jewellery of semi-precious stones.
Gel candles and postcards with paintings made by prisoners also stand out in the stall.
We do not receive funds from the government; all proceedings from here will go towards the rehabilitation of prisoners. The 100 metres of silk cloth for the kurtas was donated by a well-wisher; the bangles on sale were given to us by the organisation that partnered us at IITF-2008, Neeru Arya,General Secretary of Armaan,said.
Armaan,which has been working among Tihar inmates for eight years,is at the IITF for the second year.
Arya said the response,till now,has not been inspiring. She,however,hopes that once the designated business days are over,sales would pick up.
She,meanwhile,insists that the effort is not about selling more. We are here to create awareness,and to ask interested buyers for contributions, Arya said.
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