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."
AAKS was founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi in 2014 with the goal to introduce 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.
TEAM: 13 full-time employees + 50 artisans.
LOCATION: Kumasi, Ghana.
TECHNIQUE: Handwoven raffia bags.
IMPACT: The raffia bags are handcrafted by their weavers in Northern Ghana using ecologically harvested raffia from farmers and families in the region.
WE WORK WITH
50 weavers in Northern Ghana
The raffia bags are 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 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.