Rupjyoti Saikia Gogoi
Assam’s handloom and textile industry is not driven by large industrial unit, but the women, mothers and daughters who would sit in their courtyard and weave the finest Muga silk, embroider the slickest of designs and make Assamese textile products a world class product, which is second to none.
One such mother is Rupjyoti Saikia Gogoi of Bochagaon village near world famous Kaziranga National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site, of Golaghat district of Assam. Like any other women from rural Assam she picked up the skills of weaving from her mother. Right from her school days she had been weaving and it continued even after her marriage.
But life changed for her in 2004, she decided to pioneer a movement of sorts. She wanted to start an institute which would be one spot point for rural women who would learn latest designs and use them in traditional handloom products. She started her own enterprise Artistic Traditional Textile in the courtyard of her thatched mud walled home. Her husband and rest of the family inspired her. She started training rural women form in and around Kaziranga national park latest design of weaving, creating scope for sustainable livelihood and promoting indigenous textiles. In this way Rupjyoti was fulfilled her dream and turned into a successful rural entrepreneur.
Rupjyoti is not only earning for herself but ensuring more women become self reliant and has become the insignia of Entrepreneurship in Kaziranga.