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Pendleton%20Woolen%20Mills - Ceremonial Stripe

Ceremonial Stripe
Category: Blankets/Robes/Throws

These blankets are robe size, the size preferred by Native Americans for ceremonial purposes and wrapping about oneself as a robe. They are impressive as wall hangings and practical when folded on a sofa or at the foot of a bed.
This archival design is a fusion (sampler) of Native American-inspired symbols and colors. The historic pattern has its origins in a rare illustration that accompanied a line of Pendleton blankets made in 1924 (see our Where the Wool Grows Blanket #72316). In the black-and-white drawing, a Native American chief is wearing a robe that inspired our re-creation. The original design was created to appeal to Pendleton's first blanket customers, the Native American peoples of the West. The unique colors and intricately woven patterns were hallmarks of early Pendleton Trade Blankets. The stripe is woven of bands in varying widths, color combinations and traditional geometric shapes—triangles, diamonds, zigzags and more. The pattern underlines how use of color and design established Pendleton as the favorite trade blanket of the era.

  • Unnapped, felt bound
  • 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton
  • Dry clean
  • Made in the USA

Price: $249.00

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Pendleton%20Woolen%20Mills - Lahaina Wave

Lahaina Wave
Category: Blankets/Robes/Throws

These blankets are robe size, the size preferred by Native Americans for ceremonial purposes and wrapping about oneself as a robe. They are impressive as wall hangings and practical when folded on a sofa or at the foot of a bed.
Aloha to Lahaina, on the island of Maui, once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The Lahaina Wave blanket salutes the islands and surfers, then and now. In 1779, the log of Captain Cook’s expedition ship HMS Discovery recorded the first European written description of Hawaiian surfing. By then, surfing was an art and popular sport among native Hawaiians. Chiefs or kings were proud to show their mastery of the waves, and surfing was known as the “Sport of Kings.” The design of this blanket combines traditional tribal inspired designs from the mainland with undulating waves of blue and turquoise representing the waves of the beaches near Lahaina—every surfer’s dream. The wave images are outlined in a sawtooth design that evokes the power and challenges of the surf.

  • Unnapped, felt bound
  • 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton
  • Dry clean
  • Made in the USA

Price: $249.00

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Pendleton%20Woolen%20Mills - Love Me

Love Me
Category: Blankets/Robes/Throws

These blankets are robe size, the size preferred by Native Americans for ceremonial purposes and wrapping about oneself as a robe. They are impressive as wall hangings and practical when folded on a sofa or at the foot of a bed.
Artist Curtis Kulig lives in New York City, where his signature "Love Me" campaign has made him a fast-rising star in both art circles and the commercial sphere. What began in 2005 as a personal sentiment has quickly evolved into an icon, with his simple, impulsive, two-word manifesto spotted in cities ranging from Paris to Istanbul, Los Angeles to Berlin; taking form on rich canvases, metal sculptures and fluid neons.

  • Unnapped, felt bound
  • 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton
  • Dry clean
  • Made in the USA

Price: $249.00

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Pendleton%20Woolen%20Mills - Mountain Majesty

Mountain Majesty
Category: Blankets/Robes/Throws

These blankets are robe size, the size preferred by Native Americans for ceremonial purposes and wrapping about oneself as a robe. They are impressive as wall hangings and practical when folded on a sofa or at the foot of a bed.
The Mountain Majesty blanket design was inspired by Navajo hand weaving created in the Southwest circa 1920-40. The design features positive Native American-inspired symbols representing mountains, terraced steps and diamonds.

  • Unnapped, felt bound
  • 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton
  • Dry clean
  • Made in the USA

Price: $249.00

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Pendleton%20Woolen%20Mills - Newspaper Rock - Blanket Robe

Newspaper Rock - Blanket Robe
Category: Blankets/Robes/Throws

These blankets are robe size, the size preferred by Native Americans for ceremonial purposes and wrapping about oneself as a robe. They are impressive as wall hangings and practical when folded on a sofa or at the foot of a bed. Felt bound. 82% pure virigin wool/18% cotton. Dry clean. Made in the USA.

The Navajo call it "Tse' Hane'," the rock that tells a story. Two hundred-square-foot Newspaper Rock in Utah's Canyonlands National Park is covered with rock designs that inspired this blanket. The earliest symbols were carved as many as 2,000 years ago. Hundreds of images can be seen in these stories made in stone. The petroglyphs feature a mixture of human, animal and abstract forms. Depictions of deer, pronghorn antelope and human hands on the blanket let us imagine the hunters, the stories, the messages and the news of those days long gone. Unnapped.

Price: $249.00

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Pendleton%20Woolen%20Mills - River People

River People
Category: Blankets/Robes/Throws

These blankets are robe size, the size preferred by Native Americans for ceremonial purposes and wrapping about oneself as a robe. They are impressive as wall hangings and practical when folded on a sofa or at the foot of a bed.
"Regardless of the medium, my work directly relates to and honors my ancestors, my people, the environment and the animals." Lillian Pitt Lillian Pitt designed this blanket exclusively for Pendleton. She was inspired by petroglyphs in the Columbia River Gorge and Central Oregon. Her ancestors lived in the Gorge for more than 10,000 years until the mid-1800s. They called themselves the River People, and they called the Columbia River simply Big River or the Nch'i-Wana. The repeated patterns on the River People blanket are known as the Salmon Gill design. Colors reflect the blue of the mighty river and the hues of rocky canyon walls from which the natives fished. The design represents the various life stages of the salmon's migratory life cycle and the River People who depended upon the fish for sustenance.

  • Unnapped, felt bound
  • 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton
  • Dry clean
  • Made in the USA

Price: $249.00

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Pendleton%20Woolen%20Mills - Saxony Hills - Blanket Robe

Saxony Hills - Blanket Robe
Category: Blankets/Robes/Throws

These blankets are robe size, the size preferred by Native Americans for ceremonial purposes and wrapping about oneself as a robe. They are impressive as wall hangings and practical when folded on a sofa or at the foot of a bed. Felt bound. 82% pure virigin wool/18% cotton. Dry clean. Made in the USA.

The Saxony Hills Blanket references the changing landscape of Navajo weaving in the 1800s. Spanish explorers had introduced Churro sheep to the Southwest in the late 17th century. The Churro bred by the Navajo produced a somewhat coarse, long-staple wool that was hand-spun and woven into shoulder robes or blankets, shirts and sashes. Hand-spun wool from these animals was the main source of yarn for Navajo blankets until the 1860s. Then Saxony yarns arrived in the Southwest by way of the Santa Fe Trail and later the railroad. By the mid-1900s, Saxony yarns were used by the Navajos for general weaving. The Saxony Hills Blanket incorporates traditional, geometric Navajo motifs - diamonds, stepped triangles and Spider Woman cross patterns. Unnapped.

Price: $249.00

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Pendleton%20Woolen%20Mills - Skywalkers

Skywalkers
Category: Blankets/Robes/Throws

These blankets are robe size, the size preferred by Native Americans for ceremonial purposes and wrapping about oneself as a robe. They are impressive as wall hangings and practical when folded on a sofa or at the foot of a bed.
The Skywalkers design was inspired by Art Deco design elements of some of New York City's iconic skyscrapers such as the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. It is a salute to the skilled Native American steel workers who built some of the city's most beautiful and famous landmarks, including the George Washington Bridge and recently the new One World Trade Center. Many of the workers are from the Kahnawake Reserve near Montreal, where in 1886 the Mohawk tradition of ironworking began. Hired as unskilled laborers to build a bridge over the St. Lawrence River, the Mohawk quickly earned a reputation as top-notch, sure-footed workers on high steel. Beginning in the 1920s these daring men raised and riveted steel at dizzying heights above the city. Six generations of Mohawk and other Iroquois "skywalkers," renowned for their courage and agility, have helped shape the New York City skyline.

  • Unnapped, felt bound
  • 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton
  • Dry clean
  • Made in the USA

Price: $249.00

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Pendleton%20Woolen%20Mills - Star Wheels

Star Wheels
Category: Blankets/Robes/Throws

These blankets are robe size, the size preferred by Native Americans for ceremonial purposes and wrapping about oneself as a robe. They are impressive as wall hangings and practical when folded on a sofa or at the foot of a bed.
High atop the Big Horn Range in Wyoming sits one of the best-known medicine wheels or sacred hoops. This spoked circle of stones was created by Plains Indians between 300-800 years ago. Astronomers have noted that during the summer solstice the spokes of the wheel point to the rising and setting of the sun and four bright stars. At the center of the 80-foot, wheel-like circle is a pile of stones, or cairn, connected to the rim by spokes of stones. More cairns are found around the rim of the circle. The inner and outer cairns line up with rising stars as they appear for the first time on the horizon after being behind the sun. These appearances marked specific events such as the drought season, planting time or the end of summer.

  • Unnapped, felt bound
  • 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton
  • Dry clean
  • Made in the USA

Price: $249.00

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Pendleton%20Woolen%20Mills - Tamiami Trail - Blanket Robes

Tamiami Trail - Blanket Robes
Category: Blankets/Robes/Throws

These blankets are robe size, the size preferred by Native Americans for ceremonial purposes and wrapping about oneself as a robe. They are impressive as wall hangings and practical when folded on a sofa or at the foot of a bed. Felt bound. 82% pure virigin wool/18% cotton. Dry clean. Made in the USA.

By the end of the Seminole Wars in 1858, the Seminole population of Florida was reduced from thousands to a few hundred. Most had been driven out of Florida, but small bands remained in the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp. There they retained their culture - farming, hunting alligators and building thatch-roofed homes called chickees. They traveled in dugout canoes made from cypress logs, visiting trading posts along the Miami River with pelts and egret plumes to trade for supplies. When the first sewing machines arrived, Seminole women began making intricate colorful patchwork by sewing long strips of fabric together. In 1928 the Tamiami Trail, the highway from Tampa to Miami, opened and the Seminole saw new trade opportunities. They took advantage of the tourist market for crafts such as patchwork and palmetto dolls. Their entrepreneurial success along the Tamiami Trail is a testimony to Seminole creativity and resilience.

Price: $249.00

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