Malefatte are bags, accessories and bookbags in recycled PVC.
They are different from any other product, for (at least) three reasons:
Each Malefatta is different: many models exist, but each piece is original and one-of-a-kind. Malefatte are handmade, one by one, from cast-off advertising banners that are cut and sewn together. Our products contain pieces from exhibitions and events in the city and its territory.
Like each one of us, no single Malefatta is the same as another: however they are part of the same family – all being beautiful, colorful and unique.
All the Malefatte bags and accessories come from using cast-off advertising banners and truck tarps made of PVC. Disposing of it properly, PVC is a recyclable material. However giving it a second life through the Malefatte bags is another way to postpone the disposal process and help the environment, while creating a resistant, waterproof and washable product.
DO YOU HAVE PVC TO RECYCLE?
All the Malefatte bags and accessories are the result of the Recycled PVC Lab of the Social Cooperative Rio Terà dei Pensieri in Venice. The Cooperative takes prisoners from the Santa Maria Maggiore Men’s Prison and offers them training and professional rehabilitation.
We have chosen creative work that holds traces of those who made the objects. For this reason, each piece is unique and full of feelings.
This is why Malefatte are beautiful… and good!
RIO TERÀ DEI PENSIERI
The Social Cooperative Rio Terà dei Pensieri was established in 1994 and includes both prisoners and free people as its members. The work activities began in order to offer prisoners an alternative to the cell, focusing primarily on re-socialization and drawing on volunteer resources.
Over time, it has developed two main focuses: professional training and work. It considers them the main instruments to start the path to empowerment and social integration.
Currently the work occurs within two Correctional Facilities in Venice and in the domain of criminal judgment. The work activities were started based on the characteristics of the places where they were located, paying special attention to the relationship with the surrounding territory: the City of Venice.
Today the prisoners, who are also working members of the cooperative, and assisted by instructors, collaborators and volunteers, produce silkscreen items, as well as bags and accessories in recycled PVC, create cosmetics lines, and grow organic produce. Their work is sold through retail outlets, and public and private commissions.