All items are handmade in small batches using the highest quality wax prints to create unique and stylish accessories you won’t find anywhere else.
Akrasi is a Ghanaian name meaning the heart of a soul. It is my grandmother’s name and the home of handmade, bespoke accessories using the highest quality African wax print. Inspired by 50/60’s African fashion nostalgia, yet quintessentially British with a London accent, Akrasi was born from the desire to create unique hair and clothing accessories that are quirky, classic and stylish.
I source distinctive and colourful textiles from remnants, (cuttings that remain at the end of a roll) making most of our pieces one of kind.
Growing up, my mother was a dress maker producing bespoke traditional Ghanaian costumes for special occasions. I was always fascinated by the tools of the trade, the cutting board, beautiful wax print fabrics that dance with colour and the magical item that would one day be mine…. The Singer sewing machine.
The traditional costumes of Ghana are not just beautiful. Ghana’s ancient heritage and culture influence the designs, fabrics, intricate patterns and have been used by Ghanaians for centuries as they carry the old knowledge and tradition. Alongside this, because these textiles are created using printed wax technique the colour remains lively, doesn’t fade and brightens the tone for all. These products are made using a combination of hand stitching, sewing machine and I’ve been influenced by the Japanese ‘kanzashi’ style to create the cloth flowers.
I enjoy using the Singer machine not only because quality lasts, but also its historical significance. In the 30’s when Singer came out as the first professional sewing machine available to the masses, it encouraged independent machinists to experiment with designs and created a source of independence for women. Years later my Singer sewing machine works to create unique contemporary accessories.
This season features a range of exclusive items to complete your outfit ranging from headband ties, bun ties, clips and brooches to cufflinks and pocket squares.
These handmade accoutrements will compliment both traditional and western dress.