“Oh, I’m just enjoying these beautiful blankets,” I said.
You know, the pat answer you give to most salespeople.
But she stayed by my side, hearing my oohs and ahhhs and wows. She shared the legend and story of each one.
She held them out so I could photograph a few favorites.
She loved these blankets and her appreciation was contagious. This woman was working at the right job. She knew her passion.
The role of blankets, she told me, is woven deep in the history of Native Americans. They’ve been used for far more than warmth and comfort. They’ve been a medium of exchange. Some of the earliest were made of wool, feather, down, bark & cotton.
Sons of the Sky
Daughters of the Earth
Some patterns are now retired.
There are patterns especially made for different National Parks.
Some for different States.
Celebrate the Horse was one the saleswoman had purchased for her granddaughter because to sleep under it brings strength to a girl. What a wise grandmother.
This gray and light blue one was one of my favorites. It’s name? Silverbark. The soft neutral colors appealed to me.
And this one – Canyonlands…
Pendleton is an actual city in Oregon. Pendleton Woolen Mills make blankets, clothing, baby blankets, pillows, moccasins, mittens, coffee cups, myriad items to be purchased as gifts, keepsakes and/or souvenirs from Oregon.
Susan Baxter, who created these beautiful moccasins, used Pendleton Rim Rock collection blankets and aptly named them Moss Beneath My Feet. Look closely, you’ll see the buttons are made from deer antlers. Every detail considered carefully. They can be found by clicking here.
But the Pendleton blankets are works of art – worthy of being hung prominently on a wall, folded at the bottom of a bed, or draped on a sofa.
They honor the Native American culture with special symbols, traditions and beliefs. Pendleton Mills still works closely with Native Americans to create high-quality blankets – each a lasting symbol of the American West.
What a serendipitous treat that stop was. Don’t you love those?