Frazada textiles at Sarah Sharp
Sarah Sharp clutch, handmade in Houston from Peruvian textiles
Sarah Sharp showroom in Houston
The seamstresses' area at Sarah Sharp showroom
Bright and cheery wall of Peruvian textiles at Sarah Sharp showroom
Peruvian fair-trade textiles hand-woven using ancient Quechuan techniques find new life as home accessories in a new collection from native Houstonian Sarah Sharp Leatherwood, granddaughter of decorator Sarah Sharp Farish.
As a former corps member of Teach for America, Leatherwood (who has a degree in textiles and apparel design and elementary education from University of Texas) was teaching English as a second language in Peru when she fell in love with the country and its goods.
She frequently travels back (follower her Instagram @shopsarahsharp) to stock up on textiles and frazadas, which her in-house seamstresses transform into colorful and textural rugs, dog beds, and clutches. Custom orders are available.
Giving back is important to Leatherwood, who donates a percentage of sales to one of three organizations: Project Corason, an afternoon community center in rural Cusco, Peru; Sight into Sound, a Houston nonprofit that enriches the lives of the visually impaired and those with learning disabilities; and Altivas Canvas Children’s Project, a grassroots mission that helps underprivileged Peruvian children.