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The Union of Embroidery Workers Madeira Madeira, Portugal

Sindicato de Trabalhadores da Industrias do Bordado, Tapicarias, Textil e Artesanato (STIBTTA) – Union of Embroiderers Madeira

There is long tradition of intricate embroidery in Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal. Factories in the capital Funchal give out work to thousands of women in the rural areas. STIBTTA, the union for these homebased-embroiderers is the oldest example of organised homeworkers in Europe. Since the 1970s STIBTTA has fought for legal and social protection for Madeira’s embroidery workers and ensured that these highly skilled women are not forgotten, and that their rights are respected.

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