Prisoners now make ‘dhotis’ at Tiruchi Jail

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TIRUCHI: Production of dhotis involving a select group of convicts serving life term at the Tiruchi Central Prison has resumed inside the jail after a gap of few years.

To begin with, about 300 dhotis have been made by the convicts at the power looms established inside the sprawling jail premises housing convicts, remand and under trial prisoners.

The spotless white dhotis made under the brand name ‘Freedom’ has been put up on sale at the Prison Bazaar run by the convicts and situated at the entrance of the Tiruchi Jail. This is the first lot of dhotis to be made engaging a select group of 12 convicts after a gap of three to four years, say prison officials.

The yarn required for its making was purchased from textile town Karur and dhotis were made at the nine power looms inside the jail, said the official. The Prison authorities have offered discount for this product up to Pongal festival in an effort to woo customers.

This is the first lot of dhotis to be made after a gap of few years which would continue based on demand, said the officials. The convicts engaged in this vocational trade activity would be paid wages according to their skills.

Prior to undertaking this task, the convicts were imparted hands-on training by a weaving instructor at the jail. Convicts were also being engaged in the manufacture of cloth bags in the wake of the ban imposed on plastics by the State government. The cloth bags were also being sold through the Prison Bazaar, said the official.

As a rehabilitation measure for the convicts serving lengthy terms, the Prison Department have been engaging those prisoners who had shown good conduct in various vocational trades inside the jail for the production of a host of products that includes file pads, soap and blankets.


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