The Pendleton Mills legend began at the turn of the century, when a woolen mill in Pendleton, Oregon began producing beautiful wool blankets in vivid colors and authentic designs for the neighboring Umatilla and Cayuse tribes. The popularity of these blankets quickly spread to other tribes, as well as the settlers in the region. The superb quality and wool's exceptional warmth soon made these Pendleton blankets especially popular for a wide range of outdoor activities, and earned Pendleton® a reputation for the finest craftsmanship, which continues to be a hallmark of Pendleton products.
Those Legendary Pendleton Blankets
By the early 1900’s the relationship between Pendleton Mills and Drew’s Boots in Klamath Falls, Oregon had been established. Pendleton Woolen Mills were one of the first companies to offer Native American designs and the vivid colors, styles and textures that are so loved today. Loyalty to the brand was evident with the Nez Perce nation near Pendleton, who used the blankets to keep warm, for apparel and for ceremonial use. The word of the unbelievable quality of the blankets spread, and the tribes that endorsed the brand include Navajo, Hopi and Zuni nations. The popularity of the blankets and their use of Pendleton pattern designers had enormous respect for Native American history and culture. Pendleton employees spent time with the Indian tribes of Oregon and the Southwest, to learn more about the Indian respect for quality and the reflection on Native American lifestyle that could be incorporated into the manufacturing process. Today Pendleton wool blankets are considered some of the finest blankets to be found and are still proudly made in Pendleton, Oregon the same state that founded Drew’s Boots.
Pendleton Woolen Mills are loyal to the heritage with styles like the Chief Joseph and the Lakota Way of Life blankets, that continues to honor Native American tribal traditions. The company proudly supports the American Indian College Fund through the sale of limited edition blankets, and partners with the Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian. Imagine yourself in a warm handmade Pendleton Mills made blanket this winter.
Pendleton Blankets: These blankets are robe size, the size preferred by Native Americans for ceremonial purposes and wrapping about oneself as a robe. They are impressive as wall hangings and practical when folded on a sofa or at the foot of a bed. Felt bound, 82% pure virgin wool / 18% cotton. Dry clean. Made in the USA. 64" x 80".
Pendleton Shirts:You can see and feel the Pendleton passion for quality. Feel it in the softness of the lightweight, luxurious 100% pure virgin wool clothing we produce.
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