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Something Very Special for the Holidays: Batik Throws for Pendleton by Tricia Langman

This holiday season, Pendleton is proud to offer a limited edition of work by Tricia Langman, co-founder and design director of Spoogi, an international print design studio based on Portland, Oregon.

Tricia, a British textile designer with West African heritage, grew up in London surrounded by print and pattern. She’s a worldwide teacher of design and technique. She  has designed and produced a unique collection for Pendleton Woolen Mills using traditional Batik techniques from Java, Indonesia.

Trish-BatikTricia hand-draws her original design on a specially produced Pendleton blanket, and hand-paints the design with wax.

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She hand-dyes each blanket in her Portland, Oregon studio.

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Pendleton is proud to offer these works of art in very limited editions, each numbered and signed by the artist.

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Available here.

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“The New West” By Pendleton for Levi’s© Made and Crafted™

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Levi’s© Made and Crafted™ collection for Fall 2014/Winter 2015  takes inspiration from the architecture of Seattle and Portland, two cities that inhabit the wild landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Natural beauty is almost taken for granted here. Sometimes it takes  appreciation from outside the area to help us remember the wonder of our region.

One city is built along Puget Sound, and the other is bisected by the Willamette River and bordered by the mighty Columbia. The Cascade Mountains tower behind the Seattle skyline, resembling clouds. Both cities sit near inactive volcanoes; Mt. Rainier and Mt. Hood. The designers for Levi’s have used this interplay of  city and mountain, indoors and outdoors, old and new, to inspire their newest Made and Crafted™ collection. The silhouettes, texture and color palette reflect the natural and manmade beauty, with a nod to the Northern Lights for good measure.

Using these deep natural inspirations, Levi’s© has partnered with Pendleton Woolen Mills to portray the  landscapes of the Pacific Northwest with shades of indigo to reflect Levi’s© rich history with denim.

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Photos by Hunter Lawrence 2014©. All rights reserved by Pendleton Woolen Mills.

Pendleton’s Tamiami Trail Blanket and Seminole Patchwork

Tamiami_Trail_FrntPendleton’s Tamiami Trail blanket has been making some noise this year, showing up on the pages of Lucky:

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InStyle:

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And DOMINO:

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The most exciting appearance was on Blake Lively, wearing a Lindsey Thornburg cloak that you can find on preserve.us.

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That’s quite a bit of press for one blanket. People are responding to the intricate, colorful pattern, but there is a story behind the Tamiami Trail blanket. And it isn’t just a good story. It’s an amazing story about resourcefulness and creativity thriving in diaspora.

Tamiami Trail’s design is based on Seminole patchwork designs used in quilts and clothing. By the end of the Seminole Wars in 1858, the Seminole population of Florida was reduced from thousands to a few hundred. By the late 1800s, most had been driven out of Florida, but small bands remained in the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp. Seminoles quietly retained their culture — farming, hunting alligators and visiting trading posts along the Miami River with pelts and egret plumes to trade for supplies. Their thatch-roofed homes were called chickees, and they traveled in dugout canoes made from cypress logs.

It was a long canoe trip from the Everglades to trade for cotton cloth. Seminole women began sewing with whatever materials and scraps they could find, including survey pennants, fabric selvedges and end-bolts. The patterns themselves tell stories. Click here to read about  the symbology of these patterns. “Strip clothing” became the traditional dress for Seminole men and women.

Below is a Seminole strip dress from the permanent collection of the Met.

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The sewing machine became available to Seminole seamstresses around the end of the 19th century. “A sewing machine in every chickee” was the rallying cry. Seminole quilting evolved using ever-smaller and more intricate piecing.

In 1928 the Tamiami Trail, the highway from Tampa to Miami, opened. The Seminole saw new trade opportunities in the tourist market for crafts such as patchwork and palmetto dolls.

So yes, This is a beautiful blanket. But its design tells a larger story about a beautiful Seminole artistic tradition. Their entrepreneurial success along the Tamiami Trail is a testimony to Seminole resilience. Strip clothing is still made and worn today, and it’s every bit as beautiful.

Additional information here:

http://www.colliermuseums.com/history/seminole_patchwork

http://www.semtribe.com/

http://funandsun.com/1tocf/seminole/semart2.html

Neil Young Performs in Boston before Pendleton Blankets

These shots came to our attention a little after the fact.

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The blankets, from left to right, are Arrowhead, Compass Stripe and North Star.

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We’ve known Neil Young loved our shirts for a long time. We are honored to be used in a set that transported Neil’s rustic California vibe to the stage of the Wang Theater in Boston.

 

 

 

 

Thomas Kay is a Man of the World

We’re fans of the stirring photography of the Thomas Kay line for men (from Pendleton Woolen Mills) in the Fall quarterly issue of Man of the World.

“Half Wild” features our Thomas Kay folding campstool, made for us by the artisans of Wood & Faulk.

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Yes, we know, it’s so artfully packed over there on the right side that you almost can’t see it, but we like the shot anyway. There’s nothing quite like camping with wool.

“The Big Sky State” captures Montana style with our Thomas Kay Oliver shirt in Macrae Ancient Dress Tartan.

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A pickup truck, a good dog and a Pendleton wool shirt. What more could you ask for? Besides that awesome tractor. These are great Big Sky shots from a beautiful publication. Pick up your copy and marvel.

You can check out the rest of the Thomas Kay line here.

 

Curtis Kulig and Pendleton: the ‘Hermann’ Love Me Blanket

Curtis Kulig has left his signature mark all over the world. He’s achieved star status in the art scene, yet remains “SoHo’s most unexpected nice guy,” according to the New York Times. What else could you expect from a Midwesterner who has made his way in New York City based on one ubiquitous phrase:

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We are pleased to offer Curtis Kulig’s collaborative blanket with Pendleton Woolen Mills. Kulig brings his two-word manifesto to life in black and cream. Titled ‘Hermann,’ the design takes its inspiration from famed psychologist Hermann Rorschach to offer what Kulig calls “a bit of Love therapy.”

The title is spot-on, as Kulig’s art relies on the response of the beholder. “love me” might be two simple words, but the response is always complicated. Is it a request, a demand, a plea? Is it made in the spirit of humility, desperation or celebration?

Rorschach, indeed.

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Said Kulig, “My dear friend Lindsey Thornburg asked me if I’d like to work with Pendleton and that’s what started the conversation. They are an amazing brand, truly American, and the craftsmanship that goes into every piece is incredible. I’m really honored to design a one of a kind blanket for them.”

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The Curtis Kulig “Love Me” Hermann Blanket is produced in Pendleton’s original mill in Pendleton, Oregon. A patch and certificate authenticate the blanket as part of a very limited series. It’s tied with ribbon that bears Curtis Kulig’s signature mark:

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This combines for a meaningful presentation, which is currently available at pendleton-usa.com.

In Other Style News: Blake Lively in Lindsey Thornburg x Pendleton Cape

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Yes, that’s the beautiful Blake Lively in a Lindsey Thornburg cloak! Our Tamiami Trail blanket makes a beautiful outerwear piece.

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Blake Lively, fashion icon, offered this cloak on her Preserve.us website, but it appears to be sold out. Check Lindsey’s website! And be sure to read about Lindsey Thornburg’s inspirations on our blog. Her beautiful cloaks are dramatic innovations on the tradition of blanket coats that stretches back to medieval times in Europe. And centuries ago in the Americas, Native weavers made outerwear of their blankets, and adapted the styles to manufactured Trade blankets when they were introduced in the late 1800s. We have to tell you this stuff because we’re Pendleton, and we go back a ways with blankets.

But enough history lessons. For now, just enjoy a few more pictures of a beautiful woman in a beautiful cloak.

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Jennifer Garner, InStyle in Pendleton Blankets

We’re excited about this InStyle shoot with Jennifer Garner, using fall colors in a coastal glamping setting.

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On the bike you can see the fall blanket for The Portland Collection. Under Jennifer in the close-up, you can see the Charbonneau blanket, with its beautiful indigo ground.

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Above, in the tent, the Charbonneau blanket makes another appearance.

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Here’s the legend behind this one:

This beautiful blanket, woven in our American mills, is named after Jean Baptiste Charbonneau. Jean Baptiste was the son of Shoshone guide Sacagawea and French Canadian trapper Toussaint Charbonneau. As the youngest member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition—and quite possibly the most important—he unwittingly protected it from attacks. Because women and infants were never included in war parties, Native Americans assumed the expedition was on a peaceful mission and let it pass without harm. After spending his childhood in St. Louis under the care of expedition leader Captain William Clark, Jean Baptiste lived in Europe until the lure of the American West called him home. A master of four languages, he spent nearly four decades roaming the far West as an interpreter, guide, magistrate, mountain man and gold prospector. The blanket’s traditional Native American-inspired graphics honor Charbonneau’s Shoshone heritage. (Source: pendleton-usa.com)

Jennifer is everyone’s hero right now for her remarks on the Ellen show about her “baby bump.” What a good-natured celebrity response to the pressures of tabloid culture. And, what a beautiful shoot.

 

Pendleton Pets: Dog Day Afternoon

It’s true that cats rule the Internet. It’s also clear that cats rule Instagram, if you compare the ‘likes’ on a cat Instagram to the ‘likes’ on a dog Instagram. But Man’s Best Friend is long-suffering and waits his turn. Today, we bring you a collection of Pendleton Dogs from Instagram. All photos used with permission.

 

Lovely morning sunshine and #Pendleton #coffee #lazysunday photo by @laicie #glacierpark #pendledog #dogsofinstagram #homedecor

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A little terrier, a Glacier National Park Blanket, a cup of coffee. Life is officially complete.

 

An Irish wolfhound on location at a photoshoot for ROXY with our Bright River blanket.

 

With a Pendleton wool shirt and a wolf hybrid dog, you’d feel pretty safe in the wilderness.

 

Dogs like glamping, too.

Spaniels holding court on Heritage and Mill Tribute blankets.

 

#LazySunday Pendleton style. Thanks @hawthornegirl #Pendleton #staycation #woof #bostonterrier

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This Boston Terrier cuddles up to two garments from The Portland Collection. That’s one stylish dog.

 

#Dog naps with #Pendleton. #pendledog #woof #pendletonblankets regram from @collabfashion

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An elegant dog on one of our most popular and elegant designs, the Glacier National Park blanket.

 

Another great Pendleton wool shirt, another great dog ready to take on the day.

 

What to wear today? #Pendleton bandana. #woof #pendledog #wtw #dogsofinstagram #dog regram from @lifewithleroy

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A Norfolk terrier looking dashing, dapper, and dandy in a Pendleton bandana.

 

What better way for this big beauty to dry off than a  Pendleton Spa Towel?

 

Woof woof. #pendledog #woof #Pendleton #pendletonblankets #interiors #decorate #PendletonHome @markatthemuseum

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Quite a shot with a little Puggle (we think) and the Glacier National Park blanket.

 

Lola Jane samples some Dawg Grog on her custom blanket made from Sugar Skulls fabric.

 

…and now for a moment of #zen. #pendledog #woof #Pendleton #pendletontowels #color #dog #swimming #sleepy @thiswildidea

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This looks to be one enlightened pup in his Pendleton Spa Towel.

 

There you have it. You can follow the fun on Instagram @pendletonwm.

Pendleton Pets: Caturday

It’s Caturday on our blog! Here’s a collection of Pendleton kitties who nap in style. All images used with permission.

Tuna the cat saying hello from an Arrowhead blanket.

 

Packing for the #weekend Be sure to bring #pendleton and your #bestfriend #regram @mgmua #blackcat #meow

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A Weekender bag with feline cargo.

 

Sunday nap time #Pendleton style. Regram from @justinsegall #lazysunday #madeinUSA #staycation #glacierpark #cat #catnap #meow

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A Glacier National Park blanket makes a perfect backdrop for a magnificent catscape.

 

Our limited edition Glacier National Park Anniversary blanket  portrays the wildlife of this stunning Montana park, including moose, grizzlies and housecats.

 

Lazy Sunday with #Pendleton #catnap photo by @rossignolfoto #cat #madeinUSA #lazysunday #pendlecat

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The blanket is called a Motor Robe because it elicits a purr that sounds like a motor. Well, not really. But it’s a cute idea.

 

Lazy Sunday #Pendleton style. Photo by @strongwhit #catslovependleton #madeinUSA #staycation #lazysunday #pendlecat #meow

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A Chief Joseph blanket makes for a good home base.

 

Heritage relaxation: a tabby with a Thomas Kay Collection throw.

 

Lazy Sunday – relax with #Pendleton #regram from @folklor71 #catnap #cat #pendlecat #lazysunday #madeinUSA #homedecor #noguchi

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A Siamese is having none of our nonsense atop a Yakima Camp blanket.

 

Happy Caterday! #pendlecat #catslovependleton #meow #pendleton #pendletonblankets @laurenlucybean

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If cats could swear. That’s a Chief Joseph blanket.

 

Sweet dreams! #goodnight #catslovependleton #pendlecat #pendleton #meow #sleepy #goodnight #pendletonblankets @brietakespictures

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Slumbering on our North Star blanket, dreaming of night prowls.

 

Our Instagram is great fun. Follow us at @pendletonwm

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