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Pendleton Blanket - Askutasquash Pendleton Blanket - Askutasquash

The central image on this design showcases images reminiscent of the squash blossom beadwork crafted by Native American jewelry makers of the Southwest. The iconic "squash blossom" necklace first appeared in the 1880s. Some say the squash blossom bead design is directly connected to the importance of the plant itself. Others say it is simply a pleasing design element, perhaps inspired by the buttons on pants worn by the Spanish and Mexican horsemen. Regardless, there is no denying the importance of squash to numerous Native American farmers. The word is from Narragansett Indians of Rhode Island. They used the word askutasquash which meant "eaten raw or uncooked." Different kinds of squash were grown as food by numerous tribes. It was the first of the "three sisters" (squash, corn and beans) to be domesticated. Beautiful bead design or flower of sustaining crop, the squash blossom deserves celebrating. 64” x 80”. Napped, felt bound. 82% wool/18% cotton. Dry clean. Made in the USA.

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7270-453-054  Twin  $245.00 

 

Pendleton Blanket - Beaded Bandolier Pendleton Blanket - Beaded Bandolier

This intricately woven blanket reflects the beauty of the elaborately beaded bags crafted by the Ojibwe and other peoples of the Great Lakes. The earliest Ojibwe bandolier bags were made around 1850. They were very popular through the 1930s, and a few are still made today. Bandolier bags are heavily beaded pouches with a beaded strap worn diagonally over the shoulder. Native American bandolier bags were inspired by the cartridge bags carried by European soldiers. The designs were created using European glass trade beads instead of the porcupine quills of the old days. The bags themselves were usually fashioned from cotton, wool, velvet or leather. They could be used as tobacco pouches or dance and ceremonial regalia, worn usually by men. The beadwork was done by women during the winter. When summer came, men traveled to Sioux country where a beautiful bandolier could be worth a pony in trade. 64” x 80”. Unnapped, felt bound. 82% wool/18% cotton. Dry clean. Made in the USA.

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7270-352-869  Twin  $245.00 

 

Pendleton Blanket - Brave Star Pendleton Blanket - Brave Star

This contemporary interpretation of the American flag is a celebration of the patriotism of Native Americans. In 1875 Indian Scouts carried messages from fort to fort in the West. Native American soldiers saw action with Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders in Cuba. And soldiers from many tribes battled in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and Iraq. Five Native Americans have been awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery “above and beyond the call of duty.” The design marries modern asymmetry and vintage Americana. The unique striations, using pulled out yarns, reflect an era when dyes were made from plants. Felt bound. 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton. Dry clean. Made in the USA.

7270-352-218  Twin  $245.00 

 

Pendleton Blanket - Bright River Robe Pendleton Blanket - Bright River Robe

The Bright River blanket is a brilliant interpretation of the Navajo weaving style known as the Eye Dazzler. In it vibrant color flows and undulates like sunset reflected on the waters of a Southwest river. Mesmerizing designs such as these appeared during the Transitional period (1880-1895) when Navajo weavers shifted from making blankets to crafting rugs. During that time traders introduced Germantown yarns via the Santa Fe Railroad. The colorful, 4-ply wool yarns were produced at textile mills in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Unlike traditional handspun yarns, these new yarns boasted consistent textures and fabulous new colors from commercial aniline dyes. They encouraged experimentation, innovation and creativity among the weavers. Intricate new designs were influenced by the dramatic serapes woven in northern Mexico. Borrowing from the elaborate serrated diamonds of Rio Grande/Saltillo serapes, Navajo weavers created eye-dazzling optical effects in brilliant new color palettes. 64” x 80”. Unnapped, whipstitch binding. 82% wool/18% cotton. Dry clean. Made in the USA.

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7270-935-287  Twin  $245.00 

 

Pendleton Blanket - Buell Manufacturing Co. Tribute #6 Pendleton Blanket - Buell Manufacturing Co. Tribute #6

The Pendleton Tribute Series pays homage to the American mills that pioneered the weaving of Indian trade blankets. The Buell Manufacturing Company of St. Joseph, Missouri, offered blankets that were distinctly Navajo in design. Buell designs were more directly related to traditional Native American weavings. 64” x 72”. Napped, felt bound. 82% wool/18% cotton. Dry clean. Made in the USA.

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7270-053-119  Twin  $245.00 

 


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