Manjushree Saikia, originating from the upper valleys of Assam, developed a strong affinity for Assam Textiles and folk cultures during her upbringing. Her intrigue for cultures and craftsmanship led her to textiles and eventually the world of fashion.
Graduating from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) as a Textile Designer in 2016, Manjushree began her journey by exploring various craft clusters across India. Engaging with organic dye, hand spinning, and hand weaving groups, she was deeply impressed not only by their skill but also by their humility and values. This experience ignited her awareness of a designer’s responsibility towards Indian artisans and society.
In 2018, she founded Ura Maku, a conscious clothing line aimed at giving a fresh design perspective to her native textiles. Through Ura Maku, she achieved recognition such as the Grazia Young Fashion Award for Urbanwear.
She collaborates with textiles enthusiasts and delivers guest lectures at fashion colleges, often alongside Ura Maku.