The Fabric Social take their feminist peace-building fashion to Myanmar (+ a giveaway!!)
Just a heads up that this post was sponsored by feminist social enterprise The Fabric Social. This sponsorship helps to support the costs of running this blog so I can bring you content for free. I only partner with brands that uphold the strictest standards for ethics and sustainability. It is a delight to work with The Fabric Social on this post. They are my favourite fashion social enterprise and are doing some really great work. Read to the end to enter our giveaway.
The Fabric Social is a feminist social enterprise, harnessing global fashion as a mechanism to build sustainable social change . This chic minimalist fashion label employs the skills and talents of traditional weavers and uses their beautiful hand-loomed fabric to create modern, timeless and versatile garments.
The Fabric Social has the grand mission to support traditional women producers in conflict affected regions to reduce poverty, reduce gender inequality and build peace. The decision to work with hand-loomed fabric is a deliberate one, enabling them to support producers in regions that lack reliable access to electricity for reasons of poverty, conflict and underdevelopment. It also enables The Fabric Social to create economic opportunities which support the preservation of traditional textile techniques, a topic which is very close to my heart.
For their latest collection, The Fabric Social has expanded into Myanmar, working with a local producer group MBoutik, which was set up by Action Aid Myanmar to develop market opportunities for women living in poverty. For the women who produce with MBoutik, the program offers them the opportunity to earn a reliable source of income, when usually their access to paid work is sporadic and at times unpredictable. This enables women to support their families, and can raise their status within the family, as often their husband’s access to work is also sporadic and unpredictable too. Having an independent source of income can be also lifeline for women who wish to escape violent relationships or whose husband neglects to financially care for the family.
The fabric used in the latest collection is a beautifully soft hand dyed cotton, which is woven on a traditional teak and bamboo hand-loom. The Fabric Social aims to localise their supply chain as much as possible, to ensure greater economic benefits flow to their producer regions. Currently they source the lining cotton from a local supplier and the base cotton from neighbouring India. Myanmar is a cotton producer, but currently exports its raw materials for processing and then imports the majority of its yarn from China and India. This gap in the value chain results from the absence of domestic medium scale yarn processing facilities, and it is expected to change as Myanmar’s economy grows and diversifies. The Fabric Social is committed localised production and always look at ways to support emerging industry as opportunities expand.
This new collection- the Autumn 2017 release is The Fabric Social‘s second collaboration with Mizo designer, Siami Pachuau, an indigenous designer from the Mizoram state of India, which shares a border with Myanmar and Bangladesh. International labels rarely employ local indigenous designers, but this is where The Fabric Social is truly different. Siami has a really interesting story, as does the region that she comes from. You can read an interview with her here. The collection she has designed features a small capsule wardrobe of coordinates in hues of indigo and violet which are made for layering. Siami’s feminine designs accentuate women’s bodies, with flattering tailoring and drape designed to be worn by a variety of shapes and builds. You can view the entire Rise collection here.
Pictured above: The Lui Top
The Fabric Social produce beautiful ethical fashion that will look great for years to come and never go out of style. Wearing their garments builds women’s economic power in regions that experience recurrent conflict. This helps to disrupt the mutually-reinforcing relationship between poverty and conflict. By purchasing from this new collection you can show your support for ethical slow fashion, make an investment in women’s economic power, and make your small contribution to peace building. The way you donate your money matters. But the way your spend your money matters more. Make a big impact with your wardrobe by supporting The Fabric Social.
Enter The Giveaway
However international readers who like what they see can still purchase the Rise collection, with shipping available worldwide.
This giveaway is closes April 3rd 2017 at midnight (Australia). Enter via the Rafflecopter below