Ghanaian designer Akosua Afriyie-Kumi of AAKS has unveiled colourful handbags that have been handcrafted to be every woman’s perfect companion.
The bags were created in a women’s cooperative in Bolgatanga, Ghana using unique age-old craft traditions and made with raffia harvested from farmers in Ghana.
The new collection comprise of totes, clutches, mini-bags, cross body bags. Each of the beautifully crafted bag in the collection are detailed with leather handles, gold hardwares and tassels finishes.
Akosua Afriyie-Kumi has become one of the recognised names in African fashion. Her luxurious handmade accessories are inspired by and hand-crafted in Africa. Akosua, who initially wanted to be a pilot, fell in love with illustration and decided to pursue a career in design.
Akosua left Ghana at the age of 19 to pursue her design career at Kingston University in London. After interning and working with fashion designers such as Peter Pilotto and William Tempest in London, she started off her accessories label, AAKS in Ghana.
A A K S produces raffia bags handmade by a women’s cooperative in the Northern Region of Ghana, not too far away from Aduna’s baobab processing centre in the Upper East region.
Checkout the colourful 2015 handbag collection: