By  on February 12, 2002

LONDON — It’s not often that designers are called upon to fashion a battle plan, but, living with war and its consequences has, for some, become part of day-to-day business.

Small accessories and ready-to-wear companies that rely on specially woven fabrics and hand-embroidery from Nepal and parts of India are preparing backup sourcing plans as insurance, should using their regular vendors become impractical in the weeks or months ahead.

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