Just a few steps from the checkout counters at the IKEA store in Malmö, you’ll find Yalla Trappan sewing service – part of the women’s cooperative and social enterprise with the same name. The idea is as simple as it is great – customers that don’t find what they are looking for among the ready-made curtains, cushion covers, tablecloths, bed skirts and more, can choose to buy fabric in the store and get what they need made-to-measure at the Yalla Trappan studio.
The collaboration first started back in 2010 when Yalla Trappan made hijabs for the Muslim IKEA staff in Sweden. In the following years, we made a couple of product lines together that they sold in the Malmö store. In 2014 the social enterprise started running the sewing service for the IKEA store Malmö, before moving permanently into the store in 2016.
Since then, the studio has been busy. Today it’s staffed by one seamstress and one intern every day of the week.