Inmates crochet clothing as part of "Ponto Firme" project in the Adriano Marrey maximum security penitentiary in Guarulhos, Brazil April 25, 2018. (AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA / TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Paula RAMON)
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Never mind running away -- these Brazilian prisoners prefer the fashion runway.Here it's not mail sacks that the prisoners sew, but trendy dresses, beachwear, jackets and other apparel that all saw their debut this week on the catwalk at Sao Paulo Fashion Week (SPFW).Their main technique is crocheting, which Bezerra first learned from a cellmate and now perfects in weekly classes with Brazilian designer Gustavo Silvestre. About 120 inmates have worked under Silvestre in the Ponto Firme (Strong Stitch) project over the last two and a half years, with 19 contributing to the prisoners' first SPFW collection, featuring 45 creations.Like many Brazilian prisons it is hugely overcrowded, holding 2,100 prisoners despite having capacity for just 1,200 . In most cells designed for six inmates, there are in fact 12 .
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