Co-creation Fashion Design Program

We offer an opportunity for select brands and designers to co-create exclusive capsule collections with refugee artisans.


Whether you are an emerging designer wanting to launch your premier collection with the story of impact, or an established brand shifting into the artisanal world, together we will co-create a handmade collection that facilitates the very thing that fast fashion conspires to stamp out - human connection.

Our local artisans offer numerous traditional skills in back-strap weaving, embroidery, textile weaving, hand-dying, silver and brass smithing, wood-carving, bamboo weaving, etc.

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How it works:

During a two week journey, from the initial consultation to finalized samples, you will be supported by Akamae. We have a unique way of connecting and co-creating with communities, based on Love opposed to fear, abundance opposed to lack and connection and value opposed to pity. 

A few more details about our process;

  • Initial video call & consultations

  • We invite you to come stay with us in the village in Thailand or we make it possible to do things long-distance via online video meetings.

  • Co-creation begins with an inward journey of connection with self, with environment and with all. We use meditation, jungle immersion, thought activities and discussions.

  • Begin to connect with the community with the help of experienced local interpreters and immerse yourself in learning the traditional lifestyle and skills

  • Experience facilitated Co-creation Fashion Design workshops. A space where creative energy, traditional skills, design, wisdom and culture are flowing and authentic relationships are built.

Fully immerse yourself in the experience of co-creation while we capture photo and video content.

  • At the end of the journey, we remain connected as we follow through with production, quality assurance and shipment of your products. You will become an Akamae partner;

  • Be seen on all of our channels, including a full page on our website featuring your story and products

  • Be connected to our partners

  • And have a branded ‘StoryBook’ of the co-creation and capsule collection to use for outreach

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Be a part of changing our global paradigm from one of charity to one of entrepreneurship, worth and creativity.

  • Work with artisans who continue to undergo training in entrepreneurship, financial planning, quality assurance and price-setting.

  • Manifest your ethical product into reality through our existing sourcing relationships such as; organic and hand-dyed cotton, tribal textiles, local crystals, local markets, etc.

Each piece reflects the stories, lives and traditions of the skilled artisans behind them - and the connection and experience that you share with them.

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By sharing themselves, their stories and traditional skills, Akamae artisans are empowering you with a choice when it comes to creating your products and becoming a part of a story that you can be proud to wear and share.

“Our story and about the founder”