- 82% virgin wool 18% cotton
- Trim: 70% wool 30% rayon
- Geometric Native American design
- Size: 64" X 80"
- Made in the U.S.A
- Dry clean only
The Native Americans had a strong reverence for the natural world. In this blanket, the sun, moon, stars, rain, and clouds represent an honored relationship with the spiritual world of the cosmos. Within the geometric design, there are instances of flora and fauna depicted by corn, squash, beans, tobacco, buffalo, bear, elk, and eagle. Together the images represent a reverence for the natural world. The central image is a sacred circle filled with a cross-- a universal symbol of the origin of humankind and the four directions that guide us on our journey. This blanket holds within itself an important message. Tell your children of this relationship with the earth while snuggling up by the fire during the cold winter months.
During the turn of the 20th Century the Pendleton Blanket legend was
born at a woolen mill in Pendleton, Oregon that began producing striking
wool blankets with vivid colors and authentic Native American Indian
designs for the Umatilla and Cayuse Indian tribes in the Northwest. The
combination of beauty, quality, durability and the superior warmth of
the wool blankets make them popular for a wide range of outdoor
activities and has earned Pendleton a reputation for superb
craftsmanship and quality which continues to be a hallmark of the
Nothing says quality like a product that has been around for over 120 years, like Pendleton wool clothing. Founded by a young English weaver, Thomas Kay, this company continues to thrive under the direction of Kay's family. Thomas Kay's eldest daughter, Fannie, learned the mill business and ably assisted her father in mill operation and management. When she married retail merchant C.P. Bishop, a complementary combination of merchandising and manufacturing expertise emerged - a solid foundation for what was to become Pendleton Woolen Mills. This dual textile-retail heritage was passed on to the three Bishop sons, Clarence, Roy and Chauncey. In 1909, with family and town backing, the Bishop sons started up an idle mill in Pendleton, Oregon. The mill, originally built in 1893, faced increased freight tariffs and the business became unprofitable. In 1895, the scouring plant was enlarged and converted into a woolen mill which made bed blankets and robes for Native Americans. In 1912, the addition of a weaving mill in Washougal, WA, broadened Pendleton's capability for fabric variety, including suitings. Wool shirts for men were largely utility items in the early 20th century. In 1924, the legendary Pendleton virgin wool men's shirt was born. Pendleton has thrived under the direction of the Bishop family. Today, their sons have assumed management roles in the company. C.M. Bishop III is president and John and Charles are vice presidents. Another son, Peter, is manager of the Catalog/Internet Division. This family thread has continued to produce Pendleton leadership with a legacy of hands-on management for six generations -- warranted to be a Pendleton since 1863.