Tihar Jail’s branded (TJ’s) cotton and polyester shirts, at Rs 200 a piece have wowed buyers at many trade fairs held in the city in the past.
Now, they are set to make an appearance at an abode of justice. The Delhi High Court has allotted space inside its campus to jail authorities to stock and sell TJ’s brand shirts, trousers and other articles.
“The High court has allotted us shop number 13, near gate number 13 at its premises. The shop, which will sell TJ’s brand goods, will be inaugurated on Friday,” said Tihar Jail spokesperson Sunil Gupta.
Gupta said that the jail’s employees and not its “inmates” would manage the shop.
“At a later stage, we might involve an NGO to manage it,” he said.
The jail authorities expect the branded shirts in light colours (white, pale white, sky blue, cream and yellow), and black trousers will be a hit with the lawyers.
“Office and house furniture, file covers, handkerchiefs, among other things, will be there too,” he said.
Indian-American fashion designer Sanjana Jon is helping Tihar Jail inmates to improve the quality and cut of TJ’s apparels.
A team of around 230-odd inmates, including murder/robbery convicts, produce these items of clothing.
These inmates are housed at jail number 2 at Tihar in the ‘Weaving’ and ‘Tailoring’ Section.
The jail authorities source raw cotton from outside and it is then turned into shirts using in-house resources and talent.