The Fabric Social Journal — assam

Aug

ASOS is wrong about our silk

  #NOTALLSILK Many of you will have seen the recent news that ASOS has banned mohair, feathers, down, cashmere and silk from their megalithic online store. This is in response to PETA recommendations that these products cannot be made ethically,...

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Nov

Growing up a Guerilla Child

Fiona McAlpine
At the tender age of 22, it is safe to say that Khamseng Bohagi has more adventure under her belt than even the most bewhiskered superhero. As the daughter of two leaders of the underground liberation movement in Assam, Northeast India, Khamseng spent her childhood scrambling across borders with secret identities, on the run before she knew how to walk.

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Sep

Why My Lifetime Movie is Going to Suck

Fiona McAlpine
My experience was a lot less like a light bulb coming on, and a lot more like a game of whack-a-mole.

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Aug

Meet Mira

Fiona McAlpine
I read somewhere once that if you help one woman out of poverty she will typically bring four others with her. I don’t know where this number came from, but you need only to look to Assam to see that it is true. 

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Oct

Meet Sharna: Captain of The Fabric Social Team India

Fiona McAlpine

Get up close and personal with #FabSosh Co-Founder Sharna:

"The Northeast is so diverse and mainly comprised of indigenous tribal peoples. Political author Arundati Roy once connected the experiences of military oppression, land and resource theft with indigeneity in India. This is a global phenomenon but the longer I live here, the more I see this is play out in the Northeast. I also see how the Development agenda in India is resisted and absorbed, and in all cases how women are totally invisible, totally unheard, and totally excluded from any of the benefits some development programs might bring (while bearing the brunt of the harms that much development also brings). The Northeast is a centre of power struggles of all kinds, and what brought me here – and what keeps me here – is the work women are doing. I simply want to express my solidarity through practical action."

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