Pendleton®'s San Miguel Blanket takes its inspiration from mid- to late-19th century Native American weaving traditions and the influence of Spanish missionaries in the Southwest. Shortly after 1860, the traditional banded Chief Stripe design evolved into what is known as the Phase III pattern. The geometric patterns that had formerly been contained within horizontal bands expanded and merged into a "nine-spot" or "nine-element" layout, often with a diamond featured as the recurring motif. At same time, the presence of Spanish missionaries became apparent, with the symbol of the cross gaining popularity -- first in the beaded designs of Plains Indians and then in Navajo weavings. Additionally, red was coming into wider use due to the availability of red dyes and red bayeta, a finely spun yarn brought by the Spanish from Mexico and Europe and traded to Navajo weavers. The San Miguel blanket interprets history and tradition with striking simplicity.
Pendleton® San Miguel Blanket
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