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Batik classes in Java jail

Women inmates in a prison in western Java are earning an income and learning how to support themselves on release by making soft furnishings from discarded pieces of traditional Indonesian batik cloth.

Women inmates in a prison in western Java are being given the chance to earn an income and learn how to support themselves on release.

They are taking discarded pieces of batik - a uniquely Indonesian cloth which is treated with wax and dye to create intricate, colourful designs - and sewing them together again to create soft furnishings and accessories.

They then receive a share of the profits.

BBC Indonesia's Endang Nurdin reports.

  • 01 Apr
  • From the section Asia