Tucson Saddle Blanket, Pendleton
This Tucson saddle blanket is inspired by an Akimel O’otham or Pima legend. The Tucson area was originally the home of the Akimel O’otham or Pima tribe. The legend says that in the beginning there was darkness from which Creator emerged. He pulled a magic stick from his heart and formed a ball with its resin that grew into the Earth as he sang, “I make the world, and see, the world is finished….let it go, start it forth!” In this pattern the magical creation stick helps bring the Earth, Stars, Moon and Sun from the darkness.
- Unnapped, whipstitched binding
- 68″ x 39″
- 82% wool/18% cotton
- Dry clean
- Made in the USA
- colour, Black
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.