Akaso is a co-creation concept uniting African artists and Belgian designers. Every print on an Akaso garment is designed by the Kara tribe in Ethiopia renown for their body painting art.
In 2014, the founder of this Belgian label took two awarded Belgian designers to Ethiopia, where they worked with six young artists of the Kara tribe – men and women. The Kara are Africa’s most authentic tribe. Their unique abstract body painting art has been documented by the world’s most famous photographers.
Every print is a true reproduction of the original body painting art work designed by a Kara tribe artist either on paper or on their body.
Akaso founder Philippe is also the father of two Ethiopian born daughters. With Akaso he wishes to bring African artists to the design table and give African art a novel contemporary expression. The Kara artists are paid as European free lance designers.
Akaso comes from the Italian 'a caso' meaning 'by coincidence', reflecting the many coincidences that Philippe encountered on his route that brought him to the Akaso co-creation vision. 'There is no coincidence in this life - just follow your intuition, however bold the path may be'.