Items made by Bihar prisoners a big hit at trade fair
Their creators are behind bars for various crimes, but woollen blankets and cotton clothes hand-made by prisoners from Bihar are drawing big crowds at the ongoing international trade fair in New Delhi.delhi Updated: Nov 17, 2011 16:32 IST
Their creators are behind bars for various crimes, but woollen blankets and cotton clothes hand-made by prisoners from Bihar are drawing big crowds at the ongoing international trade fair in New Delhi.
Low-priced woolen blankets, white towels, book stands, cotton kurtas and pyjamas, caps and aluminum utensils manufactured by prisoners at the central jails of Buxar and Bhagalpur, in Bihar, are being appreciated at the trade fair at Pragati Maidan.
The items are on display at the decorated Bihar Pavilion under the theme, 'Indian Handicraft- The Magic of Gifted Hands'.
"Over a dozen woolen blankets are being sold everyday," Navin Kumar, an official at the Bihar pavilion, told PTI.
The blankets woven by the inmates are selling at Rs 260 apiece, he said.
"Right now we have a stock of about 200 blankets. But seeing the response, we might have to bring more pieces," Kumar added.
"We had not anticipated that the goods would attract a big response," he said.
Low-priced cotton clothes like pyjamas and kurtas are also drawing good crowds, Rabindra Kumar Jha, another official of the Bihar pavilion, added.
Kumar said visitors are looking forward to woollen bed sheets that are expected to arrive at the stall soon. These are priced at Rs 350 apiece.
"This is a great platform to promote their products and to create a better position in the market; it could also encourage the prisoners," Home Department Deputy Director (Jail) BCP Singh said.
Bihar is one the focus states of the trade fair this year and the state pavilion is exhibiting a vast range of handicrafts it is famous for.
A wide range of silk products, sikki art, wooden art, bamboo art, terracotta art and mithila prints are on display to showcase the essence of Bihar, Jha said.