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Nicci resides and works out of her South Maui studio in the small town of Kihei.

She raised her daughter on Maui and has been calling this beautiful island her home for the last 22 years. Moving from Laos/Thailand to the United States when she was young, she attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in California after graduating high school. Her love for design and sewing goes back to her youth when she watched her dad design and create handbags!

She remembers her dad designing and making ladies' handbags using traditional Thai fabrics with various other materials. Following his footsteps, she is the family's 2nd generation handbag maker.

"This is something I have always remembered and wanted to do, and now I am finally getting to do it! I grew up sewing with my dad and studied at FIDM, but as life happened, I have been busy with other career and life choices. But now, I am so happy to be getting back to designing and creating!"

Nicci had the chance to visit the Bishop Museum's Hulia 'Ano Display in late 2017. There, she completely fell in love with the ancient Hawaiian kapa on display.

"One just has to appreciate the time and effort it took to make the kapa, to carve and hand stamp each design, and how beautiful they are. I have been searching for fabric design inspiration for a very long time and I finally found it the day I visited the museum. In honor of the beautiful 'ohe kapala kapa from the old Hawaiian days, I try to infuse the traditional 'ohe kapala designs onto my fabric. I try to incorporate the traditional methods in carving the 'ohe kapala designs and kapa making. I hope that in doing so, it helps contribute, in some small way, in keeping the art of kapa-making around for times to come."