Luxury artisanal accessory brand AAKS has launched a stunning home decor collection inspired by the theme Weaving for Change. The collection comprises five distinctive handcrafted lamps and light pendants, each created in partnership with women artisans from the Tuareg community in Northern Mali who are living as refugees in Burkina Faso. In working with this Tuareg community AAKS are helping to celebrate and preserve the community’s cultural identity and their time-honoured basket weaving traditions, a philosophy that has defined AAKS’s work with local communities in Ghana.
The designs are inspired by traditional basket lids for food platters woven with straw and yarn by the women for use during celebrations in their communities. These materials have been used to create the lamps, which are finished with fixtures made from vegetable tan leather, bronze, and copper metals. And each product is said to take one weaver anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 month to make depending on the size.
A defining feature of the collection is the beautiful array of colours used. From yellows, tone down reds, reds, blues and rustic oranges combined with natural straw, the colours evoke the palette of the desert in which the Tuareg typically reside, a landscape punctuated with the natural, dyed colours of their cultural markers such as dress and accessories.
The Weaving for Change project is an initiative of UNHCR bringing designers together with artisanal communities to create exceptional products with an underlying social impact.
– Tapiwa Matsinde
For further information about AAKS and the Weaving for Change Project visit: www.aaksonline.com
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