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Fabric is a lightweight modloader, that also has a separate API required in the mods folder. It has been worked on alongside the 1.14 snapshots of Minecraft Java Edition since before snapshot 18w49a (before December 5th 2018). But this is evidence of public releases, not much is known of it's creation prior to this.
Wiki cleanup note: Information will come from the Fabric Wiki, Curseforge, Minecraft Forums (specifically the Fabric Discussion Section thread) mainly for sources that can be cited. Not all is able to be put accurately but sources will mainly come from those known sources for installation, or other information related to the Fabric Modloader, Fabric API and mods that support it.
Known Installation Methods Of Fabric: MultiMC was the first Launcher (while Third Party) to support Fabric Modloader.
The Minecraft Java Edition Launcher was supported not long after 18w50a via the Fabric Installer.
Installation Instruction For Minecraft Java Edition Launcher: Fabric Modloader is the tool/method to make instances of 1.14 Minecraft Java Edition snapshots from 18w49a and onwards to be modded (public knowledge, but not accurate), Fabric API is a core of sorts for mods. It is best to not get these mixed up.
Fabric Installation Instruction can be found on the Fabric wiki here: http://fabric.asie.pl/wiki/install
Download Fabric Installer from modmuss50's jenkins: https://jenkins.modmuss50.me/job/FabricMC/job/fabric-installer/job/master/
A step by step process is available below.
Fabric is installed into the Minecraft Java Edition Launcher from a tool on the Fabric Wiki here: http://fabric.asie.pl/use/ This source has two methods, one for MultiMC at the top, the Minecraft Java Edition Launcher at the bottom. Click the 'download.jar' button for the Installer. Once it's downloaded, double click it like you would Forge or Rift.
There is a few options to be aware of.
Once Fabric has installed it's profile (if you choose to, it's best to do this the first time you install Fabric), you either have it installed for you, or you have to select the Fabric version from the Launch Options tab. You can also switch Fabric snapshots at any time from the Launch Options to update as well and use the same profile, just untick the Create profile check box to do so and it won't create a profile but will install the updated Fabric snapshot you wanted.
Fabric API is also needed to make mods possible to run in this instance (not all but many do require it). Fabric API is like a library mod that is required by mods that are in the Fabric environment to work. The common source to get Fabric API builds is from Curseforge.
Once Fabric API (Minecraft Java Edition not just Fabric Modloader snapshots) is downloaded and put into the mods folder along with some mods your good to load the game and play. Sometimes, when Minecraft snapshot versions bump, Fabric API may need an update as well.
Note: Like Rift, or Forge for Minecraft 1.13.2, Fabric does not read mods in individual folders. While Forge might have been able to read folders from 1.12.2 when they were put into it, Fabric cannot.
Curseforge source for Fabric API builds: https://minecraft.curseforge.com/projects/fabric