The American Indian College Fund Blankets

Proud Partnership

Pendleton is proud to partner with the American Indian College Fund on blankets which help support the mission of the College Fund, empowering communities through scholarships and education. Through sales of these blankets and other contributions, the Pendleton Endowment has grown to over 1.6 million dollars.

You can read more about our work with the College Fund here: Partnership

So let’s take a look at just a few of these special blankets, designed by Native American designers.

Pathway by Bunky Echo-Hawk

Bunky Echo-Hawk (Pawnee/Yakama) is an internationally recognized visual and performing artist. His provocative, exuberant work is exhibited in private collections, galleries and museums throughout the world. He has done design work for non-profit organizations and tribal communities, VANS, and more. He has been designing the Nike N7 collection since 2010. He has painted murals in various tribal communities, towns, and public places, and recently installed a mural in American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, the home of the Miami Heat. His design for the Pathway blanket is best described in his own words.

Echo-Hawk has saturated his modern design with traditional Pawnee symbology. Red, white, yellow, and black signify the four races of humankind, the four stages of life, the semi-cardinal directions, and animals, plants, and stars associated with those directions. Bands of turquoise surround the design as Sky surrounds Earth. Black and red parfleche elements from Pawnee burden straps alternate with four-pointed stars of the Milky Way, or Path of Departed Spirits. A winding path through the blanket’s center traces life’s journey.

You can see the blanket here: Pathway 

7 Generations by Tracie Jackson for Nike N7

7 Generations wool blanket by Pendleton for the College Fund.
Photo courtesy Nike

In addition to its place the College Fund blanket program, the “7 Generations” blanket is part of our partnership with Nike’s N7 Fund, a trust whose mission is to bring sports to Native American and Aboriginal communities in the US and Canada.

Designer Tracie Jackson sits on a stage wearing Nike N7 gear she designed.
Photo self-taken by Tracie Jackson for Nike N7, copyright 2019

This blanket was designed by Tracie Jackson, a Diné artist and designer from Star Mountain in the Navajo Nation. She is a 4th generation artisan. Her grandparents and mother are silversmiths, and both her maternal great grandmothers are rug weavers. Her family encouraged her to study the traditional art forms of her tribe, and with their support she became a painter, jeweler, beader, and graphic designer. Tracie studied design at the University of Oregon and currently works in Portland, Oregon, designing for the Nike N7 program. This has been her dream job since she was 14 years old, when she first saw N7 at a Native basketball tournament. “I was taught to get an education and use it to help our Native community, which pushed me to become a designer for N7.”

Front and back views of the new N7/College Fund blanket by Pendleton

This USA-made wool blanket illustrates the past, present and future of Native peoples. The central N7 motif represents the impact of each person (the diamond) on the three generations before and after (arrows). A storm pattern with zigzags of lightning honors heritage, while steps show the path to overcoming life’s challenges. The rich colors were inspired by traditional dyes, and reflect the beauty of the southwestern landscape.

You can see the blanket here: 7 Generations

Logo for the American Indian College Fund

Andre Walker, the Met Costume Institute, and Pendleton

A Beautiful Exhibit

Hallway leading to the American Style exhibit at the Met Costume Institute, photo courtesy Artnet

In 2018, we worked with iconic designer Andre Walker to provide fabrics for recreations of some of his most iconic styles. Pieces from this collection are part of an important new exhibit on American style at the Met Costume Institute.

According to Artnet News

One of Andre Walker's designs, featured in the exhibit, using Pendleton's Glacier National Park stripe fabric. Photo courtesy Artnet.

The exhibition, in the Anna Wintour Costume Center, is based around the concept of a patchwork quilt, with each square representing a feeling that corresponds to the spirit of a particular garment or runway collection. Feelings like warmth and comfort are visualized through a blanket-coat that Andre Walker designed with Pendleton Woolen Mills, paying homage to the Oregon-based company that was founded in 1863, and Oscar de la Renta’s floral-festooned dresses—over the years favored by Taylor Swift and Wintour herself—represent joy and delight.

We are extremely proud to be part of this exhibit!

More Information

See more featured designs and read the feature here: Artnet News

Read about our 2018 work with Andre here: Pendleton on the Runway

Vans and Pendleton for 2021

Our first collaborative partner

Yes, it was Vans, and we’ll tell you a little more about that original collaboration in a bit. But the exciting news? One of our earliest collaborations with Vans has been reprised! It’s the return of Pendleton Original Surf Plaid–a pattern made famous when the Beach Boys wore these shirts on their Surfer Girl album–in two styles that pay homage to the legendary shoe company’s earliest days.

You can see the collection here: VANS X PENDLETON 2021

And you can read about the Beach Boys connection here: Beach Boys AKA the Pendletones

ANAHEIM FACTORY AUTHENTIC 44 DX IN ORIGINAL SURF PLAID

ANAHEIM FACTORY AUTHENTIC 44 DX

From Vans: The Anaheim Factory Authentic 44 DX pays tribute to our first Vans factory in Anaheim, California, by borrowing details from the original Authentic and offering modernized comfort with upgraded Ortholite® sockliners. This iconic lace-up shoe also includes throwback details like the original style number, higher glossed foxing tape, and cotton laces, and features classic Pendleton plaid uppers to complete the look.

ANAHEIM FACTORY SK8-HI 38 DX IN ORIGINAL SURFPLAID

ANAHEIM FACTORY SK8-HI 38 DX

From Vans: The Anaheim Factory Sk8-Hi 38 DX pays tribute to our first Vans factory in Anaheim, California by borrowing details from the original Sk8-Hi and offering modernized comfort with upgraded Ortholite® sockliners. This legendary high top shoe also includes throwback details like the original style number, higher glossed foxing tape, and cotton laces. Sturdy suede and classic Pendleton plaid uppers complete the iconic look.

Throwback to an even earlier collab

Back in the 1970s, when Pendleton had a store in the Disneyland Resort (which was just Disneyland back then) Vans and Pendleton offered Vans sneakers made with pendleton plaids. We have a pair of those in our archives, and until recently they were part of our heritage Hallway display. Here are a few views of those sneakers,

Vans x pendleton shoes from the 1970s in airtight display box, Pendleton Heritage hallway display

The second colorways of the 2021 sneakers are made in the same Royal Stewart tartan!

ANAHEIM FACTORY AUTHENTIC 44 DX IN RED STEWART TARTAN
ANAHEIM FACTORY SK8-HI 38 DX IN RED STEWART TARTAN

So whether you choose the Original Surf Plaid, or the Red Royal Stewart Tartan, you’re throwing it back. Way back.

Here are a few more views of the original sneakers, so you can appreciate all those retro details.

Side view of original Vans x Pendleton collaboration from the 1970s
Top view of original Vans x Pendleton collaboration from the 1970s
Back view of original Vans x Pendleton collaboration from the 1970s

To read more about our history with Disneyland, click here:

Pendleton and Disneyland: We Go Way Back

Rare Photos of the Pendleton Store at Disneyland

Happy 90th to Mickey Mouse!

When Pendleton Meets Packard, with a Disneyland Twist

And here’s the link to Vans, again: VANS X PENDLETON 2021

Pendleton Preservation Series

What is the Preservation Series?

These USA-made wool blankets are part of our Preservation Series, a unique collection that recreates historic weavings from across the Americas. Pendleton designers collaborate with museum curators and private collectors to select noteworthy work, establish provenance, and attribute historical textiles to the original weavers when possible. The descriptions of dyes, materials, sizes and age are drawn from curator notes on the original weavings. Each wool blanket is expertly dyed, woven and hand-finished in our American mills.

A portion of sales from each blanket helps fund Native American art and education programming and outreach at the Fort Lewis College Foundation and the Center for Southwest Studies.

Please note: many of the descriptions below refer to the curator notes on the original weavings. Pendleton’s versions are made of 82% wool/18% cotton, and are 64″ x 80″ unless otherwise noted.

PS01 – Early Navajo (Diné) Sarape, 1800-1850 

Pendleton Preservation Series blanket PS01 face (front).

This very early weaving contemporary with the Ute-style First Phase Chief blanket. This unusual early sarape combined the simple striped and terraced stepped design elements in use at the time without incorporating red bayeta yarns. Woven of indigo-dyed blue, indigo with vegetal-dyed green, and natural white hand-spun churro wool yarns.  The color scheme suggests a Rio Grande Valley influence. Based on an original weaving in The Durango Collection®  (DC-NC-43), Center of Southwest Studies Collection #2000:03007

Pendleton Preservation Series blanket PS01 reverse.

This design is the first in the Preservation Series to be offered as a bedding collection in multiple sizes. Choices are Twin (or robe), Queen, and King, with matching standard-sized shams offered as well. These blankets are completely made in the USA of virgin wool on a cotton warp.

See more information on the blanket here: PS01 

PS02 – Navajo (Diné) Child’s Blanket, 1870

Pendleton Preservation Series blanket PS02 face (front).

These weavings are referred to as child’s blankets because of their small size, complex patterning, and tight weave. This blanket is a wonderful example of the late Classic Period, and incorporates Spider Woman crosses in the design. The variation in the red color comes from red trade cloth that weavers unraveled and respun. Other colors are handspun gray and white wool and vegetal-and-indigo-dyed yarns. Based on an original weaving in The Durango Collection® (DC-NC-51), Center of Southwest Studies Collection #2000.03007

Pendleton Preservation Series blanket PS02 reverse.

Though the original weaving on which we’ve based this blanket is referred to as a “child-size blanket,” the Pendleton version is woven in our traditional robe size of 64″ x 80″. The crosses represent Spider Woman, a powerful teacher and benefactor in Navajo legends who taught the art of weaving to the Dine/Navajo people. Her traditional home is atop the Spider Rock formation in the Canyon de Chelly National Monument.

See more information on the blanket here: PS02 

PS03

Pendleton Preservation Series blanket PS03 face (front).

This unusual early striped Zuni blanket incorporates design elements found in Spanish-American weavings from the Rio Grande Valley in New Mexico. A combination of simple bands with central diamond and stepped designs was woven of handspun natural gray, dyed greens, indigo-dyed blue, plied commercial yarns, and red “Bayeta” wool. This design is based on an original weaving in The Durango Collection®, Center of Southwest Studies Collection.

Pendleton Preservation Series blanket PS03 reverse.

Bayeta is a red woolen flannel that has been raveled and respun. According to the Donald Ellis Museum website:

The term “bayeta” refers to bolts of machine-woven red flannel. Bayeta also refers to red yarns raveled from bolts of red flannel. By 1830, Navajo weavers were accomplished at dying handspun yarns with indigo but lacked the ability to dye handspun yarns with cochineal, which produced a deep red color in woolen yarns. The weavers’ only sources of red yarns were the yarns they raveled from bolts of red flannel imported either from England or Spain. Known among the Navajo and the Spanish as “baize” or “bayeta,” and among Anglo- Americans as “red stroud” or “red trade cloth,” red flannel was used for garment insulation by Anglo- American and Spanish-American settlers.

You can read more of that museum’s fascinating history of Bayeta yarn here: Donald Ellis Museum 

See more information on the blanket here: PS03 

Made in USA label with eagle for Pendleton

Serapes for Spring & Summer

 

Serape on Film

Lily Gladstone and Leonardo DiCaprio in a promotional shot from "Killers of the Flower Moon." Photo used bypermission of Apple Original Films.

Ah, the serape. This bold striped blanket reads modern, but it has been around a long time. In fact, a (very) vintage Pendleton Serape will be featured in Martin Scorcese’s upcoming Apple Original film, Killers of the Flower Moon. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Ernest Burkhart and Lily Gladstone plays Mollie Burkhart in the film depicting the true story of the Osage tribe murders in the 1920s. In this promo shot (courtesy Apple Original Filsms), Lily Gladstone is wrapped in a vintage Pendleton fringed shawl serape, provided to the film by our friend and vintage blanket expert Barry Friedman. 

Serape History

The serape’s roots are in the Mexican weaving tradition, but it is now common to both Spanish and Native American textiles. Here’s a photo of a Native family in a historic Babbitt Brothers wagon with a serape peeking over the edge. This was taken in the Southwest, where the Babbitts plied (and still ply) their trade.

HistoricBabbitWagonEdit2

Colorful, sturdy and functional, this blanket shawl was part of life in the traditional Mexican home. It could serve as clothing, bedding, and shelter. The serape is known by many names throughout Mexico, including chamarro, cobiga, and gaban. It can be woven of a variety of materials and patterns but is generally lighter in weight. Different regions use different palettes, from the elegant neutrals of the Mexican highlands to the bold gradients of Coahuila.

Serapes Today

Pendleton serapes hang on pegs in front of a white wall, with more folded on a crate.

Pendleton’s serapes are woven of 82% wool/18% cotton in bands of gradient colors to achieve that beautiful eye-popping dimensional effect. This is your perfect spring and summer blanket, just waiting to be invited along wherever you go. And this year we have a new design in Aqua.

Pendleton Aqua Serape

All made in the USA and available at www.pendleton-usa.com .

Made in USA label with eagle for Pendleton

Bring the Great Outdoors to Your Wrist with Pendleton’s Bands for Fitbit

A young woman holds a Pendleton blanket wearing a Pendleton Fitbit device

An exciting new collaboration

From running local trails to exploring the great outdoors, Fitbit goes on every kind of journey with you. That’s why we are excited to partner with a company that shares our zest for adventure.

The logo for the Fitbit x Pendleton collaboration

Fitbit helps people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. Fitbit designs products and experiences that track and provide motivation for everyday health and fitness. Through this collaboration, Fitbit brings iconic Pendleton patterns to an original accessory collection for Fitbit Versa 3TM and Fitbit SenseTM.

These heritage-inspired woven bands are made with REPREVE® recycled plastic fibers for thoughtful, sustainable style that brings nature’s energy and beauty straight to your wrist. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with these two bands as much as we’re excited to bring them to you.

A young woman wearing a Pendleton Fitbit on her wrist and a Pendleton blanket around her shoulders

Blue/Grey Canyonlands

The Canyonlands band celebrates the grand pinnacles of the famous rocks that create Utah’s skyline, and embodies the movement of sunlight skimming across the state’s canyons.

 young woman wearing a white sweater and a Pendleton Fitbit device

Blue/Pink Basket Maker

The Basket Maker band pattern pays tribute to the traditional basket weaving techniques of traditional basket makers in the American Southwest, the Yavapai. These skilled artisans wove baskets so tightly that they could carry grain and hold water— and wove patterns so intricately that their artwork still lives on in museums, and as highly prized family pieces that have stood the test of time.

See both bands and the new Fitbit Versa 3 device here: Pendleton and Fitbit

This collaboration is a place where heritage and high tech unite. Both iconic bands are designed to work with Fitbit Versa 3 and Sense—so you can focus on the adventure ahead of you.

The Craftsman Collection – From Our Hands to Yours

Three blankets hang over a branch.

A new collection

In 1909, three Bishop brothers opened a mill in Pendleton, Oregon, to weave trade blankets in dazzling colors and patterns. Over one hundred years later, we are excited to bring you The Craftsman Collection celebrating the history, artistry, and craftsmanship of our blankets.

For the introduction, we chose three patterns with stories to tell; Canyonlands, Journey West, and Sierra Ridge. These patterns have been recolored and specially dyed to evoke vintage blankets. One side of each blanket is napped for softness and warmth. The reverse is unnapped, to smoothly showcase the geometry of our exclusive Pendleton patterns. Hand-cut rounded corners recall the shape of blankets from the earliest days of the mill.

On the loom: Canyonlands

Canyonlands celebrates the amazing natural wonders of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park.

Canyonlands Craftsman Collection blanket by Pendleton

To quote the National Park Service, “Canyonlands invites you to explore a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Rivers divide the park into four districts: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers themselves. These areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, but each offers different opportunities for sightseeing and adventure.”

See it here: Canyonlands, Craftsman Collection

Journey West

This dynamic blanket celebrates the pioneering spirit of our founder, weaver Thomas Kay, who journeyed to America from England, arriving in Oregon in 1863. Its design was inspired by a blanket discovered in a 19th-century European mill that included the designer’s notes and calculations handwritten neatly along the sides.

Journey West Craftsman Collection blanket by Pendleton

The pattern highlights the universal appeal of geometric shapes and lines. The hooked patterns inside the large diamonds are common symbols of luck and prosperity. Its quality and beauty is a tribute to the generations of weavers that have continued Thomas Kay’s legacy of quality and excellence.

See it here: Journey West for the Craftsman Collection

Sierra Ridge

Sierra Ridge is the third offering in the Craftsman Collection. The Sierra Nevadas are the traditional grounds of many Native peoples. The Sierra Miwok, Mono, Kawaiisu, Northern Paiute and Tubatulabal tribes have lived and hunted here over the ages. The Paiutes called the range’s highest granite peak Tumanguya, or, “the Very Old Man.” Also called Mt. Whitney, it is the highest point in the contiguous United States. The mountains of the 100-mile range are represented by stepped peaks, with arrows guarding the streams and rivers of the Great Basin watershed.

Sierra Ridge Craftsman Collection blanket by Pendleton

See Sierra Ridge here: Sierra Ridge for the Craftsman Collection

Packed with care by hand

Each blanket in the Craftsman Collection is labeled and hand-packed in a special box with a presentation card.

Special commemorative box for the Craftsman Blanket COllection by Pendleton

If you’d like to learn more, you can see the blankets here: Pendleton’s Craftsman Collection Blankets

Thistle for Spring

Why thistle?

There are two stories behind Pendleton’s affinity with thistle. One is about the thistle’s long-ago part in getting fleece ready for weaving.

The process of carding wool cleans, mixes and smooths fibers as part of the transformation of fleece into yarn. The word “carding,” from the Latin carduus, means thistle or teasel. In weaving’s earliest days, dried teasels and thistles were used to pick raw wool as the first step in carding.

Once wool was spun and woven, handheld combs called “teasel crosses” were used to ‘full’ woven goods to raise the nap. You can see one here: teasel cross  So you can understand our love for a plant that was an actual tool for wool processing!

Tartans & Pendleton

The thistle stands fair and tall, with a nectar-filled flower that is well-protected. This duality of nectar and spike befits the national bloom of Scotland, home to the tartans for which Pendleton Woolen Mills is renowned. Our affinity for tartans is so strong that Pendleton used thistle-patterned buttons on many items of tartan womenswear in the 1950s through the 1970s.

You can see those buttons and learn about the vintage skirt that inspired our modern Thistle pattern in this video. It features some of our favorite designers talking about adapting vintage inspiration to modern designs.

Thistle for Spring

We took our Thistle inspiration into Spring with lighter weight wool, for a versatile layer that keeps you just the right amount of warm during transitional weather. It’s a lined dress-up-or-down jacket with a flattering neckline, cozy cuffs, neck and hem, and those all-important pockets. The fabric is woven in our own USA mills.

A woman with long blond hair stands in front of a white background, wearing black pants and a black wool zip-up jacket with blue thistle flowers in the fabric pattern.

We love the colors. Check it out here: Thistle Bomber Jacket  

New for Spring 2019 – Spirit Seeker

A bed made up with the Pendleton Spirit Seeker blanket.

Happy Spring!

Another beautiful blanket for Spring 2018 has arrived at the website!

Spirit Seeker

The Spirit Seeker blanket is predominantly woven in indigo and cream. Accent colors of lime green, orange and fuchsia are used sparingly in complex bands of arrows and flowers. It’s a beautiful arrangement of line and color!

The front of the Pendleton Spirit Seeker blanket.

The blanket’s reverse lets the accent colors shine.

The back of the Pendleton Spirit Seeker blanket.

Spirit Seeker:

The quest for knowledge leads the spiritual seeker on many paths. In Australia, bush people go on ritual wanderings known as walkabouts. The Babongo people of Africa have a rebirthing ritual that includes a journey to find spiritual truth.  Native Americans from many different tribes go on vision quests, rites of passage that include fasting, prayer, and a solitary journey to find life’s purpose. Spirit Seeker celebrates Spirit Seekers and their journeys with multi-directional arrows bordering a medallion, the central truth reached by multiple paths.

Perfect for Spring, perfectly Pendleton.

Pendleton logo label that shows a drawing of a bald eagle, and the words: "Pendleton since 1863 Highest Quality Made in the USA." This blanket is sewn onto all Pendleton's traditional wool blankets, which are still 00% made in the USA.