Hand-woven raffia bags from a women’s cooperative North of Ghana.
AAKS is a cooperative based in Bolgatanga, North of Ghana, which hand-crafts raffia bags. These are refined accessories, created through ethically correct procedures inspired by ancient local traditions.
The project was born thanks to the creative inspiration of fashion designer Akosua Afriyie-Kumi. After having lived and worked in London at renowned brands such as Peter Pilotto and William Tempest, in 2013 Akosua got back to Ghana and founded AAKS, with the aim of enhancing worldwide the country and its creativity.
To make raffia bags, the cooperative makes use of particular techniques originating from this area of the country. Techniques that require care, patience, dedication: to hand-craft each bag, it takes about one week.
Since its launch in 2014, the brand has been exhibited in numerous fashion cities, including Milan, London and Cape Town, and the works have been published by medias such as CNN, Vogue, Harpers Bazar.
The AAKS bags are sold in 46 stores in 16 different countries of the world, and offer a new perspective on Ghana and Africa in general, on their entrepreneurial as well as creative potential.