Taking over our Instagram account as the third guest poster this week was Ghanaian designer Akosua Afriye-Kumi of handcrafted raffia bag brand AAKS.
She took us straight to the scene where her bags are made – outdoors, in the shade of a baobab tree where the raffia is twisted, dyed, dried and woven by women in the Bolgatanga region of northern Ghana.
Afriye-Kumi is passionate about ethical fashion, sustainability and how design can create employment and empowerment in Africa. Her raffia bags are a contemporary reworking of traditional West African weaving techniques. Her #DItakeover shows how she’s reviving this old craft using locally sourced natural fibres and organic dyes.