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From a very early age Sanchia discovered her love and talent for textiles and began here career in fashion making her father's ties, shirts and suits. Building on this passion, she studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and designed clothes for friends and family.

After moving to Woodstock, NY she apprenticed with a local producer of chenille handwovens and soon fell in love with the process.

Inspired by the sensuous feel and texture but bored with the uniformity and colors of industrially produced cashmere, she developed a process to dye and weave this beautiful yarn by hand.

Sanchia launched her first product line in 2001 and opened a small boutique in Woodstock where she continues to manufacture and sell her creation…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 26
  • Joined February 11, 2008

Favorite materials

wool cashmere silk fabric

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About

From a very early age Sanchia discovered her love and talent for textiles and began here career in fashion making her father's ties, shirts and suits. Building on this passion, she studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and designed clothes for friends and family.

After moving to Woodstock, NY she apprenticed with a local producer of chenille handwovens and soon fell in love with the process.

Inspired by the sensuous feel and texture but bored with the uniformity and colors of industrially produced cashmere, she developed a process to dye and weave this beautiful yarn by hand.

Sanchia launched her first product line in 2001 and opened a small boutique in Woodstock where she continues to manufacture and sell her creation.

In designing the weave, Sanchia builds on traditional patterns (for both four and eight harness looms) and using her flare for color, injects them with unique variations. She draws her inspiration from many sources, such as the "Harlequin..." by Picasso whose use of color inspired a line of scarves and blankets.

Over the years, the work has expanded to knitwear, hats and clothing. Cashmere thongs, hot water bottles...the list goes on.

Custom made orders are encouraged.

Clients include:

Paul Smith, NY, London, LA
Dosa, NY, LA
Eziba, North Adams, MA
Tanglewool, MA
Changes, Woodstock, Rhinebeck, NY
8 Inkerman, Melbourne, Australia

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