"My ethos is to preserve traditional techniques by combining them with modern design and usability. My weavers and I bring empowerment, passion and durability to each creation. I hope that my brand will help to contribute to the revival and sustenance of weaving as a thriving art"
AAKS was founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi in 2014 with the goal of introducing the world to her favorite weaving techniques done by the women of Ghana while also creating and igniting sustainable jobs within Africa. Today, AAKS is a team of 13 based in its design studio in Kumasi, Ghana.
13 full-time employees & 50 artisans
LOCATION: Kumasi, Ghana
TECHNIQUE: Handwoven raffia bags
IMPACT: The raffia bags handcrafted by their weavers in Northern Ghana using ecologically harvested raffia from farmers and families in the region.
The brand tells an exciting story of Ghana, offering a different perspective of Africa as a whole. The visual inspiration behind every design is reflected through the images of Ghana and the crafters as they create these handbags shared by Akosua on social media. She is building an African brand ethically and conscientiously one handbag at a time.
WE WORK WITH
50 weavers in Northern Ghana
The raffia bags handcrafted by a core of 50 weavers in Northern Ghana using ecologically harvested raffia from farmers and families in the region. A sophisticated non-chemical dyeing process is formulated to create the bright exuberant colors. It takes approximately one week to complete a handbag, which attests to an unwavering dedication to modern style and interpretations using traditional methods. Made by hand each bag bears the fingerprints of the person who fashioned it and a signature tag is added to prove authenticity.