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Houston Teacher Turned Entrepreneur Brings International Wonder to Home Accessories

Ancient Techniques from Peru Give Textiles New Life

BY // 06.28.17
photography Kate Zimmerman

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.

Sarah Sharp, 3000 Weslayan, Suite 280, 713.393.7969, by appointment only, shopsarahsharp.com. Inquiries and custom orders, orders@shopsarahsharp.com.

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