Lékopé is a brainchild of Ayang Trust, a NGO from Majuli, Assam. Ayang Trust is an NGO working towards the education of children from the Mising tribe in Majuli Island, Assam. Lékopé is a livelihood intervention program set up by this trust, focusing on weavers in Majuli island. The name Lékopé means ‘together’ in the native language of the ‘Mising’ tribe.
Lékopé promotes Sustainable livelihood and community development. They believe in building unique and beautiful products utilizing traditional craft styles that are completely traceable to the artisans and hard to find elsewhere. They encourage local crafts that are an integral part of our heritage, giving future generations an incentive to preserve and continue these crafts forms. This leads to higher income for the weavers and the development of business and entrepreneurship skills in rural communities.
Lékopé is a community of around 100 weavers producing handcrafted textiles. All of them belong to the ‘Mising’ tribe from Majuli, a village in Assam which encounters annual natural disasters. The occupation of the people is mostly weaving and agriculture. Almost every house in Majuli has a loom. Traditional looms in Majuli are manual and throw shuttle looms. The weaving center started by the Ayang Trust has big-frame fly shuttle looms. The motifs are manually inserted using extra weft technique which is almost like embroidery on a loom. The Mising tribe has some typical motifs like sunrise, farming, traditional motifs and patterns symbolizing their culture. Working with women of ‘Mising’ tribes and other communities, they make handcrafted textiles and bamboo products. Their goal is to build sustainable livelihoods for the artisans in Majuli.
Lékopé makes a significant contribution to the planet by prioritising the creation of handcrafted textiles, which in turn supports sustainability, environmental conservation, and social responsibility. The Mising tribes play a crucial role in this process by utilising cotton and bamboo as their primary raw materials and employing traditional 'Mising' designs to craft cushion covers, table covers, and sarees. Their dedication to eco-friendliness and sustainable practices results in the production of handmade goods, further reducing their carbon footprint.