IN SANSKRIT, MANUSA MEANS “HUMAN”. ITS PHILOSOPHY IS BASED ON A VISION OF SUSTAINABLE, CONTEMPORARY FASHION THAT MEANS VALUING DESIGN AS MUCH AS THE SOCIAL IMPACT OF ITS PROJECTS.Manusa is a type-B social cooperative established in 2012 in order to combine a revitalization of textile crafts with ethical and social values.
Since its beginning, Manusa’s entrepreneurial plan has been based on a “circular economy” concept to revitalize such typically local traditional textile techniques as knitting, embroidery, and mending, re-purposing textile-sector waste materials and the creation of contemporary design products that describe pathways of social redemption, creative research, and honest quality.
Currently, Manusa has 17, mostly female employees, of which nine have permanent contracts. Some belong to the disadvantaged groups described in article 4 of Law 381/91 regulating social cooperatives. Professionals involved in coordination, administration, product concept and design, marketing and graphics, and the development of orientation and work education sessions have also contributed to the cooperative’s development.
“We believe in the value of honest products, handcrafted in every detail.”