The Fabric Social was launched in 2014 by Katie, Sharna and Fi – three young Australian women who met while living in New Delhi, India. Inspired by the work of gender rights and disarmament activist Binalakshmi Nepram, the trio spent time volunteering in India’s Northeast and developed a deep understanding of the issues conflict-affected women there face.
With a shared background in humanitarian law and advocacy, the Co-Founders decided to start The Fabric Social as a way to secure better living standards for women and keep their weaving traditions alive in the process. In 2016, Fi and Sharna said goodbye to Katie – who moved on to pursue other projects – and welcomed long-term Fabric Social volunteer Megan to the executive team.
Today, The Fabric Social team spans three continents. Based in the field in Northeast India, Sharna works directly with artisan partners to manage production and business development. Fi, who lives on the west coast of the United States, heads up communications and fundraising, while Megan oversees both sales and logistics, and monitoring and evaluation from her home in Australia.