Akitai is a Fair Fashion brand developed mostly by Women for Women. Our clothes, jewelry and accessories are a collection of hand picked designs curated and transformed by me in my adventure trips around Southeast Asia. I regard textiles and beads as treasures, since these were a part of my childhood. My grandma and mom sewed most of my important clothing and they handcrafted our Christmas decorations year after year.
I met my good friend and artist Roseli Bisari in the late 90s while living in Kyoto. She taught me about Japanese prints and materials throughout my studies of the Urasenke Tea Ceremony. My apprenticeship led me to establish an Asian ethnic and traditional goods import company in Venezuela in 2000.
Years have passed and my journey has brought me to live in Thailand. As part of my contribution to this life, I gave birth to Akitai with the aim of sharing handmade Asian women’s garments and accessories with the world’s women. I have faith that every stitch in this shop has been ethically made. My never-ending curiosity has taken me to visit each of the artisans’ and designers’ houses and workshops.
Our showroom is located at Promenada Mall, Section A, Chiang Mai. Be welcome to shop in person.
Akitai is a rare seashell found in very deep Japanese waters. Akitai women are rare, unique, passionate and compassionate. Beauty is part of our being. We are active in our communities and always learn from our mistakes and from the difficulties that life brings. The fabrics are easy to wash, soft and comfy for casual wear. Every piece has a special feature. Designs share a common goal of making us feel Beautiful, Empowered and Loved.
I thank my husband Andres for taking care of the administration and logistics, my children Leon and Diego for their patience and help during our appreciated weekends hoping these experiences will take them on the path for good. My entrepreneur friends Mette and Sylvia have supported my marathon journeys on the search of materials and designs sweating alongside me and pushing me to move forward. My family and friends are in one way or another part of this fun adventure called Akitai.
May these clothes, jewelry and accessories bring little moments of JOY TO YOUR LIFE and to those Women you Love.
THANK YOU ALL!
Raquel Carolina Silva
From left to right in the picture:
Macarena, Tracey, May, Raquel, Clara, Silvia and Claire
One People, One World