A saree is the oldest form of cloth traditionally used in India. It is a very long unstitched piece of cloth with 4 to 9m in length which is typically wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder, baring the midriff. Silk sarees are the greatest treasure of every woman’s fashion wardrobe. Every woman preserves their silk sarees for ages because they are quite expensive and their charm is never lost. Silk sarees look quite complete in itself but fashion accessories take the Silk saree charm to whole another level. The combination of silk sarees with some definite jewelry can never go wrong.
Fabric Plus is a social enterprise and a brand that weaves elements of tradition and contemporary textile art and craft seamlessly together. Established in 2003 by Mr. Dilip Barooah, Fabric Plus is setting landmarks for the Assam silk industry touching thousands of rural lives. It deals in Eri, Muga and other silks of the Northeast region of India.FABRIC Plus is symbolic of the change happening in Chaygaon near Guwahati(Assam), and in other parts of the state that was once torn by violence and is still reminded off its bloody past every now and then.
In 2008, Chaygaon got an industrial centre. Spread over 133 acres, it currently has six tenants. Besides Fabric Plus, there is CG Foods (manufacturer of Wai Wai noodles), Sona Vets (animal-food products), Rausheena Udyog (engineering), Prag Electrical (electrical gear) and GM Ispat (steel).
Hailing from Margherita, a young Dilip Barooah, probably never thought of working with textiles, eventually dedicating his life to it. DB understood the need for self reliance very early having watched his parents struggle to provide for their six children. His first attempt to move away to learn a skill was at a Swiss Watch Repairing Training Centre in Chandigarh. DB was 14 then.
Later after getting through highschool, he moved to Guwahati and finished the rest of his schooling at Arya Vidyapeeth College. DB expresses profound gratitude to his eldest sister, who at that time, had just started working as faculty in Handique Girls College; helped him move. However around that same time, strikes by lecturers led to DB dropping a year of his studies. It was 1975 and DB struggled to find a place to stay in Guwahati. It was amidst these chaos he chanced upon the Assam Textile Institute in Ambari while aspiring to
join Engineering, defense as well as NDA! The promise of hostel facilities and scholarship opportunities really interested DB into textiles. ‘The dots somehow connected with Textiles’, he fondly recollects. It was only a consistent ride through textiles from there on. He studied Textile Technology from ATI after which he did his Chartered of Textiles from the Textile Institute, Manchester; Management from SASMIA, Mumbai; Export Management from Indian Merchant Chamber, Mumbai; Marketing Management (sponsored by Italian Government) at CUOA University, Italy; did Transformational leadership at IIM, Shillong and later did an online diploma in Science, Technology and Societyfrom Global Social Benefit Institute, Santa Clara Universityin 2015.
That perfect mauve tee with black leather pants and those leopard print heels and you’re ready for yet another day without realizing the effects your choice of wardrobe creates.
The fashion industry currently leaves behind a huge negative environmental footprint. Apparel industry is considered to be the second largest polluter after oil. The culprits are synthetic fibers and leached chemicals from toxic dyes that went into that perfect shade of mauve and also the energy required to produce each piece.
Responsible fashionistas and the apparel industry itself is exploring eco friendly products to sustain planet earth. Fashion is turning to the rich heritage of natural fibers which are renewable, biodegradable, breathe, are friendly to the human body and may have beneficial medicinal properties too.
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