A tradition of American craftsmanship started by one family over 100 years ago. In 1863 a young English weaver named Thomas Kay had a vision of raising his own sheep and producing his own wool in America. With no suitable land of his own, Kay set sail down the Atlantic seaboard and up the Pacific coast in search of the ideal location. After four–months at sea, Kay stopped in America’s newest state, Oregon. Upon settling, Kay built his own family–operated mill, teaching and eventually passing on the business to his eldest daughter Fannie. From the creation of Pendleton’s first woolen mill in 1893, to establishing trade connections with America’s Indigenous communities, Fannie helped build upon her father’s legacy. As her father did for her, Fannie passed on the family tradition to her three sons in 1898. Less than a year later, a new wool finishing department was operational and the first finished wool products were traded, thus setting the foundation for Pendleton Woolen Mills. Today, the tradition of wool and textile innovation established by Thomas Kay and his family underlies all Pendleton products.
Buffalo Nation Legendary Series
We are Earth people, born from our Mother.” Isleta design elements show life’s beginning in a diptych fresco by Deborah Jojola of New Mexico’s Jemez Pueblo. Life grows from Earth, a central bloom releases seeds, scattered by wind, arrows symbolise sovereignty, the Creator–given instructions on how to care for the earth and all its beings.
For more than a century, Pendleton Woolen Mills has woven the legends and symbols of Native American tribes into beautiful blankets.The original, exclusive designs of the Legendary Collection are inspired by Native American art, beliefs, ceremonies and heroes. Native Americans were our first and remain our best customers, and a Pendleton blanket continues to signify honour and respect. Blankets are gifted to acknowledge births, deaths, weddings, graduations, milestones and accomplishments; collectible heirlooms of tomorrow that can be used and enjoyed today.
Felt bound. Unnapped. 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton.
Made in the USA.