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Rokomada Uses Handicraft Knowledge Gained From Village Women To Survive

Milika Rokomada, 52, believes making handicrafts is part of every woman, especially when they are nurtured in village settings.
31 Jul 2022 14:13
Rokomada Uses Handicraft Knowledge Gained From Village Women To Survive
Milika Rokomada holding her famous Iri ni Daku (Fan). Photo: Nolishma Narayan

Milika Rokomada, 52, believes making handicrafts is part of every woman, especially when they are nurtured in village settings.

The Daku, Tailevu native is the owner for Baikeirewa Investment which deals in handicrafts.

She worked as a secretary at Sawani Primary School prior to starting her business at the Nausori Market handi­craft section.

The youngest of seven siblings got her handicraft knowledge from the women back in the village during her childhood.

“When a girl grows up in a village, they all get this great opportunity to learn how to make Fijian handicrafts. I was lucky I did,” she said.

The famous Iri ni Daku (Fan).

The famous Iri ni Daku (Fan).

“Before I started my business, I worked as a secretary for 15 years, but inside me I knew my passion for handicrafts. I started my business in 2017 when the new Nauso­ri Market opened.”

Ms Rokomada is proud to be talented in making the Iri Ni Daku (fan) which her village is famous for.

“I really love doing handicrafts because we iTaukei are known for it and I’m really proud that I chose to learn.”

Her handicrafts products include tra­ditional baskets, salusalu, purse and she specialises in the famous Iri Ni Daku (Fan), wreaths, virgin oil, magimagi and mats.

Ms Rokomada’s message to women and young moth­ers is to follow their dreams because it will lead to happiness.

“Women should have their interest in business; they should believe in them­selves and give it a try. When you have business, you mind your own purse; with business you can do all you need without any worry,” she said.

She can be contacted through her Fa­cebook page ‘Baikeirewa Investment’ or found at her stall 41-42 in Nausori Market handicraft section.

Feedback: nolishma.narayan@fijisun.com.fj



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