Textile waste becomes resources. Encounters turn into relationships.
Sartoria sociale produces sustainable clothing and accessory in Palermo.
It integrates a critical shop of used and vintage garments and textile laboratory based on recycling, where people from different social, ethnic and professional backgrounds work together.
We are a multidimensional company within the Al Revès Cooperative, which since 2012 promotes the craft knowledge and the professional inclusion of people with personal, relational or existential problems.
Selection and distribution
Educational and upcycling
From the workshop to the shop
Production and cultural activities
Sartoria Sociale is first and foremost a place for socialization, based on the development of talents and the exchange of skills.
The working group provides a stable core, with sewing professional, social workers and communication experts.
There is also a network of volunteers with different backgrounds: former prisoners, women who are victims of human trafficking, disabled people, immigrants and people with mental health problems.
In addition to our core staff working, the social group Sartoria Sociale also includes the women of Pagliarelli Lab, a female sewing workshop in the Pagliarelli prison in Palermo.
Sartoria Sociale is located in Palermo, Via Alfredo Casella 22.
The warehouse of the cooperative was established in the years 1979-1980 as a commercial warehouse, on the initiative of Immobiliare Raffaello, managed by the mafioso Antonino Buscemi.
The confiscation took place in 1998. The warehouse was closed for more than 15 years before it became the head office of a mobile shop, which was probably an activity of money laundering. From November 14, 2017 the warehouse became the shop and workspace of Sartoria Sociale.