Starting at a young age, Nantucket native Karin Ganga Sheppard was fascinated by the cones of yarn that could be transformed into beautiful items. Karin’s childhood dreams came true when she opened Island Weaves on the island in 2000. From luxurious, 100 percent silk wedding shawls, to “Madaket Mall Mats,” multi-color rugs carefully assembled from recycled jeans, khaki pants, and recycled towels, Karin’s hand-woven designs are stamped with individuality.
“I use a lot of recycled materials in my rugs, but don’t have to gather these materials anymore,” Karin says. “Sometimes I go to unlock the door of my studio and there will be bags of old pants and products waiting for me. It’s great to live in a small community where people know what your work is!”