Raffia bags designed by Akosua Afriye-Kumi and handmade in Ghana.
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 Kumasi, Ghana.
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.
After interning and working with fashion designers such as Peter Pilotto, Matthew Williamson and William Tempest in London, Akosua embarked on her own path in 2013 to set up AAKS in Ghana. Against all the odds AAKS is a brand that seeks to showcase the unlimited possibilities for the fashion and textile industries in Ghana. Using skills and techniques that are unique to this part of Ghana, craftsmanship is the foundation of this luxury brand.
The raffia bags are handcrafted by a cooperative of men and women 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.
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