Chief Joseph Blanket – slate
This blanket / robe is a classic design in a new colour combination of slate grey with gold and teal accents. First woven in the 1920s, the ‘Chief Joseph blanket has been one of the most popular designs ever since. Chief Joseph led the Nez Perce tribe native to northeastern Oregon in the late 1800s. Widely admired for protecting his people and speaking the truth, he is honoured with this design, symbolising bravery. Bold arrowheads represent the chief’s courage, strength and integrity.
This blanket is reversible giving a different colour emphasis.
- 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton
- Dry clean
- Made in USA
BLANKET ROBES 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 unless otherwise noted. 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton. Dry clean. Made in the USA. 64 ̋ x 80 ̋ (163 x 203 cm)
The role of the blanket is woven deep in the history of Native Americans. For centuries it has been used for warmth, as a medium of exchange, for artistic expression and as an important element of ceremonies and recognition.
In 1909 Pendleton Woolen Mills began weaving what became known as Indian Trade Blankets on its new jacquard looms. Their brilliant colours and sharp details were in great demand. Pendleton weavers and designers worked with their Native American customers to develop colour and design preferences. Today, that tradition of complimentary creation lives on in Pendleton Indian Robes and Shawls, still woven from the finest fleece wool, meant to be used and cherished from generation to generation.
Pendleton Woollen Mills weave the symbols and stories of Native America into fabulous woollen masterpieces. These blankets, ‘robes’ and shawls have become traditional honouring gifts for Native Peoples. Rights of passage such as births, coming of age, graduation, marriage, major milestones and accomplishments are all marked with the giving of a blanket. Not only are ‘Pendletons’ used daily in the home but they are also worn for ceremonies, celebrations and feast days.