At the end of 2020, together with the Mani Tese Finale Emilia Social Promotion Association and the social tailoring Manigolde, we launched the “Mending the future” project, funded by the Modena Foundation and the European Union.

This is a “bridge” project between Italy and Guinea-Bissau that aims to promote the socio-economic autonomy of vulnerable girls and women in Guinea-Bissau and raise awareness in Italy, in particular on the issue of ethical and sustainable fashion and on violence against women.

The activities will take place between Italy and Guinea-Bissau and will involve, on the one hand, the women of the social tailoring Manigolde, on the other, the women and girls who are victims of violence welcomed in the Bissau Reception Center.

The Manigolde, in particular, will organize three online workshops to work, together with the Guinean seamstresses, on the creation of garments with traditional African models and fabrics.

The girls and women of the Bissau Reception Center, on the other hand, will receive tailoring training held by the head of the tailoring RENASCER ALFAIATARIA of Antula, project partner.

The same RENASCER ALFAIATARIA tailor’s shop will see an increase in staff with the arrival of new workers who will devote themselves mainly to the production of masks and dresses.

“The project aims to generate training and reintegration opportunities for women victims of violence – the Manigolde tell us – but at the same time it wants to be an opportunity for a mutual exchange of tailoring skills”.

Cooperation, solidarity and comparison are therefore the basis of this project which, as well as on the Mani Tese website, will also be told through the Facebook and Instagram profiles of the Manigolde. Visit them for the latest updates and click here for more info on the project: https://www.manitese.it/en/project/mending-the-future

Below are the photos of a seamstress from the Manigolde and of a Guinean dressmaker.

© Andrea Scacchetti
© Mirko Cecchi

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