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The Fabric Social is a conscious clothing label. Their producers are women facing conflict, displacement and other insecurity in Northeast India. The Fabric Social team work with women-led artisan cooperatives to produce cruelty-free, sustainable, small-batch collections.

Woven with care by expert artisans, The Fabric Social's silks and cotton are created on traditional handlooms in Northeast India. Handloomed fabrics are what makes every item of clothing special. From cocoon to closet, the practice revives local supply chains and maintains traditional practices that make textiles a passion rather than just a product. Each metre of fabric has a history and identity, each imperfection is unique.

Eri silkworms are native to Northeast India and are hand-reared from egg to metamorphosis. Often called ‘ahimsa’ or peace-silk, the process does not involve harm to the silkworm. Cocoons are collected only once the worms have transformed, then the woolly-white silk fibre is harvested. The Fabric Social's primary Eri supplier is Srishti, a non-government organisation based out of a small village in rural Assam.

100% of THe Fabric Social's Eri silk is cultivated in villages in upper Assam. No chemicals or pesticides are used to cultivate the castor trees, and the Eri silk is cut and spun by hand. Village production involves collective work, for shared benefit and female empowerment. Women manage everything from growing the castor trees that the Eri silkworms eat, raising the silkworms, nurturing them through to metamorphosis, and spinning the silk into yarn. Many of the villages that supply our silk are also headed by women.

The Fabric Social's khadi-cotton is also sourced from a small village in rural Assam that has been supporting local producers for more than 75 years. The cotton flowers are grown all over India - hand-picked and sorted and come to Assam to be spun into yarn. The Fabric Social's khadi producers are all women, who use traditional hand-spinning techniques to create the yarn.

Treating the artisans right? Check. Next step? The environment.

The team at The Fabric Social is a little different, they make sure that everything they do is environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly. That means everything from sustainable fabrics, low-waste patterns and non-toxic dyes pay respect to the environment.

Fashion does not have to equal exploitation – that’s why The Fabric Social partner directly with the women who make their clothes. They don’t have employees. They don’t ‘empower’ anyone. They create direct partnerships that mean the women they work with have access to fair working conditions that are environmentally friendly and free from slave labour.

One of the special things about The Fabric Social's creation process is getting to know their producers and creating tangible impact in the communities with which they work. The artisans who create their beautiful fabrics and garments are paid fairly for their work. That means your dollar is only funding projects that make a difference – you’re never paying for fast fashion.

The Fabric Social's producers work from community workspaces. Garment production is a truly collective task, and each of their producers is part of a group that works together to manage all the details from setting up the loom to spinning bobbins of yarn. Producers set their own work hours, decide how much fabric they want to weave, and set their own price for every metre they create. Working in a cooperative means they access the benefits of the group, which they couldn’t access if they went it alone.

+ Australian designed
The Fabric Social is ethically designed in Kensington, Victoria, Australia, and sustainably made in India. 

+ Sustainable
The Fabric Social produce low waste and minimal offcuts throughout manufacturing, and collections are designed with longevity in mind. They include staple pieces that can be worn season after season, year after year. 

+ Ethical
The Fabric Social's collections are made in an ethical manufacturing location offshore that the team visit at least once every two years. They are operating legally and paying above the legal minimum wages.

+ Eco-friendly fabrics
The Fabric Social use peace silk and khadi cotton throughout all collections. 

+ Certified
The Fabric Social use World Fair Trade Organization Certified tailors. 

+ Transparent 
You can ask the team at The Fabric Social anything you want about their supply chain, practices, fabrics and manufacturing processes. 

+ Social enterprise
The Fabric Social utilise artisan crafts and traditional techniques, while providing people access to employment, training and skills development to help alleviate poverty in regional communities.

+ Fair Trade 

The Fabric Social is ethically designed in Kensington, Victoria, Australia, and sustainably made in India. 

Shop the full The Fabric Social range here and support an ethical fashion future.