Serape Blankets and a Valentine Giveaway

Ah, the serape.

Just looking at it makes you happy. This blanket reads modern, but it’s been around for a long time. Colorful, sturdy and functional, this blanket shawl was part of life in the traditional Mexican home, where it could serve as clothing, bedding and shelter. Colorful, versatile and fun; no wonder it’s a Pendleton customer favorite.

A stack of colorful serape blankets, with the words "Enter to win a serape blanket"

The serape’s roots

The serape’s roots are in the Mexican weaving tradition, but it is now common to both Spanish and Native American textiles. It’s 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.

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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.

Pendleton’s serapes

Pendleton weaves our serapes 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 week (2/14/19 through 2/17/19) we are giving one away on Instagram! So go enter!

Two twin-sized beds made up with serape blankets. A superimposed heart contains the words "Valentines Day Giveaway."

P.S. Serape stripes are not just for blankets!

A men's popover shirt in a blue serape stripe. A photo of the goods included in the Pendleton collaboration with Tommy Bahama, including a vest, a sweater, a hoodie, a shirt, a bag, a poncho and a blanket. These goods are displayed on dressmaker forms in a sunny room.

While you’re visiting www.pendleton-usa.com , be sure to check out our serape stripe beach towels, the Pendleton and Tommy Bahama collaboration for Fall 2018, and our men’s popover hoodie in a special heavy cotton chamois that’s brushed on both sides for ultimate comfort.

 

Tommy Bahama and Pendleton Collaborate for Fall 2018

a beach bag, shoes, and a special serape blanket in the Pendleton and Tommy Bahama collaborative line.

A surf and summer collab

Tommy Bahama is based in Seattle, and Pendleton Woolen Mills is based in Portland. Both brands share a PNW sensibility and a love of the beach lifestyle. So we’ve joined forces on the Tommy Bahama & Pendleton collection, with men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, and home products. The collection launches on October 4th at select Tommy Bahama stores, tommybahama.com, select Pendleton retail store locations and Pendleton-usa.com.

A shirt from the Pendleton and Tommy Bahama collaborative line. Pendleton_tommy_bahama_3

The fabrics

The collection is built around two collaborative fabric patterns. The Aloha Harding Print unites Pendleton’s Harding design with tropical florals. The Island Serape Stripe features a tropical leaf pattern jacquard with Pendleton’s classic blanket stripe. There are a variety of fabrics involved, but the wool fabrics and blankets are made exclusively in Pendleton’s own Pacific Northwest mills for this collection.

two Pendleton and Tommy Bahama collaborative serape blankets hang from a piece of driftwood next to a yellow surfboard.

So check it out at TommyBahama.com or Pendleton-usa.com. The collection will also be available at select Pendleton and Tommy Bahama retail stores.

You’re going to love it.

A photo of the goods included in the Pendleton collaboration with Tommy Bahama, including a vest, a sweater, a hoodie, a shirt, a bag, a poncho and a blanket. These goods are displayed on dressmaker forms in a sunny room.