Akosua Afriyie-Kumi searched high and low in her home country, Ghana, to find the raffia she envisioned using in her new line of woven bags. As it turned out the tropical palms, whose fronds are made into the papery fibres, grew on her family’s farm in the south of the country. Afriyie-Kumi’s brand, A A K S, draws on the generations-old knowledge of weaving techniques to create textured bags full of character, updated with exuberant colour combinations and modern shapes. Her bags are made by a cooperative group of women in the town of Bolgatanga in the north, not too far away from the border with Burkina Faso. Here, on a trip up north, she shows us their handcrafted process and shares some of her visual inspiration.