Social Impact

Fabric Plus believes in serving society - its people and their traditions, the environments they inhabit and ultimately the stories that arise from the synthesis of their interactions. As a Social Enterprise, the company aims to develop communities across the North-Eastern region of India in terms of cultural preservation and adaptation, socio-economic stability, livelihood generation and environmental welfare. Our business strategies are aligned towards maximising improvements in the aforementioned spheres and keeping up with our commitments to all our stakeholders. Although we never lose sight of earning profits in order to sustain the business, we are always keen to push ourselves to ensure that our social responsibilities are taken care of in line with our moral values.

Partnership with Women on Wings

Fabric Plus has joined hands with Women On Wings, an NGO originating from the Netherlands and have worked together towards the creation of jobs for women in rural India.This industry provides employment for thousands of women & has become a movement of women’s empowerment that provides livelihood and direction to women from different socio-economic backgrounds. Together, with Women on Wings we work towards creating jobs for rural women in North east India. With its business partners, Women on Wings aims to create one million jobs for women in rural India. 207,500 sustainable jobs for women have been created till date (and counting) and 622,500 children have been able to attend school.

Sustaining Livelihoods

Fabric Plus’ sericulture and weaving network touches more than 25000 families across the region, embracing the principles of fair trade and the promotion of creating sustainable livelihoods thus providing economic development with an eco-friendly and environment-friendly products, based on the potential strength of the land. Our silk spinning factory (mostly Muga silk and Eri silk spun yarns) produces 250 kg of yarns a day, impacting directly and indirectly 17000 women. The factory is run by 85 % women, inspite of our wish to make it 100% women.

Employment Generation

Over the years, Fabric Plus has garnered much attention in the spheres of employment generation. Its association with the development of the silk cocoons (raw materials) industry is one that is little know. Upon entry into the market as producers of Eri Silk Yarns, Fabric Plus has facilitated the supply sector by increasing the demand in the market. The rise in the demand of raw materials has provided the previously untapped supply sector with enormous market, an opportunity that came as a surprise and swept through the region instantly. Subsequent results of this were a rise in the number of households conducting sericulture activities, a new source of income for villagers, and an unprecedented increase in production.
Today, as the industry flourishes and grows, Fabric Plus indirectly impacts over 55,000 rearers across the region and has promoted the prestige of the raw materials itself, by offering to the market products and services that would have been labelled rather foreign and exotic in the earlier days.
With 2 handloom units and a machine spinning and weaving unit set up in Chaygaon, Fabric Plus offers direct employment to over 500 men and women. Despite the economic and social turbulence that troubles this region from time to time, Fabric Plus has managed to maintain its workforce and keep them in good stead.

Promoting Traditions

The land of the North East of India is blessed with rich culture and tradition. It is rare to find communities that give such importance to the legacies of their ancestors and uphold the practices that were handed down from generation to generation. Music, Dance, Theatre, Painting, Literature and Textiles have been woven together into the fabric of society and are celebrated with joy and delight. The North-Easterners are known for their celebrations of the litany of colors in life and beyond. Stories can be found in the winds, the waters and in dust, there is no dearth of it.
The tradition of textiles happens to be no different a medium for the communication of cultural values and those that pervade life itself. The stories that have been told for generations through fabrics are key to understanding much about life and love. And Fabric Plus strives to delve into this realm, study, discover and unravel the nuances that it invokes, and finally offer this treasure to society at large.
Our designers focus upon such concepts and develop products that tell stories. Stories seep through the fabric itself, but also through the motifs. We at Fabric Plus believe that culture is in a motion of constant change, and although we develop motifs that are age old and traditional, we also believe in developing ones that are coherent with contemporary societal values.