CRE­AT­ING WITH A CAUSE

Elle Decoration (South Africa) - - FEATURE -

AAKS may be best known for its raf­fia hand­bags made in Ghana, but the fash­ion la­bel by Ako­sua Afriyie-Kumi has re­cently launched a long-term home decor project with UNHCR that sees refugee Tuareg ar­ti­sans liv­ing in Burk­ina Faso pro­duc­ing ex­quis­ite hand­crafted pen­dant lights us­ing time-hon­oured Malian weav­ing tech­niques. The ini­tia­tive, called Weav­ing For Change, aims to bridge the gap be­tween de­sign and craft by en­hanc­ing a skill that is tra­di­tion­ally used to create bas­ket lids for food plat­ters used in cul­tural cel­e­bra­tions. A com­bi­na­tion of wo­ven straw, dyed leather, colour­ful or­ganic yarns and ham­mered bronze re­sults in a unique col­lec­tion that is not only beau­ti­ful, but also pro­vides a poverty-stricken com­mu­nity with a chance for a new life. aak­son­line.com

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