Ribbon Dance Pendleton Blanket

Item No: 4734

$ 300.00

  • This colorful red, navy, green and tan blanket is a collaboration between Pendleton Woolen Mills and the American Indian College Fund. The Ribbon Dance is the first ritual that opens up the most sacred Seminole ceremony, the Green Corn Festival. Wearing traditional patchwork skirts and tunics, the tribeswomen swirl ribbons around the sacred fire to renew the flame for the coming year. This blanket captures the energy and vibrancy of the Ribbon Dance and serves as an homage to traditional patchwork design. The proceeds ensure that young Native students, especially women, receive the scholarships they need to attend tribal college.

    • Collectible Pendleton blanket
    • 82% pure virgin wool and 18% cotton
    • Unnapped, whipstitch binding
    • Blanket measures 64”x 80”
    • Dry clean
    • Made in the USA
    • Portion of proceeds donated to American Indian College Fund

    Pendleton blankets special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.

  • For more than a century, Pendleton has woven the legends and symbols of Native American tribes into beautiful blankets. A team of designers interprets the icons and symbols of Southwest Native cultures and a skilled team of artisans at Pendleton’s American Woolen Mills turns these into exquisitely crafted blankets.
  • Since 1990, Pendleton has been proud to support the work of the American Indian College Fund. Sales of these blankets fund scholarships to tribal colleges and make a difference in the lives of students throughout the country. The College Fund receives royalties for each blanket sold, which go directly to providing scholarships for deserving Native American students. Shumakolowa Native Arts believes in supporting the dreams of Native American students and through your purchase you are giving deserving students the opportunity of a lifetime.
  • Since 1909, Pendleton Woolen Mills has produced iconic woolens of incredible beauty and quality. The blankets are made in Pendleton’s American mills, where every step of the weaving process is completed, from carding and spinning to the weaving of yarn into fabric on high-speed looms. Pendleton’s first Indian trade blanket was produced in 1909 at the company’s mill in Oregon. The blankets were brought to Southwest Native American tribes and exchanged for silver jewelry, wool or other items of value. Pendleton designers drew upon traditional Native American patterns to create blankets that were more colorful and detailed than earlier trading blankets brought to the region. Southwestern Native American tribes used the blankets as apparel and as a standard of value for trading and credit. They were also prized for ceremonial uses, playing a part in dowries, weddings, gift giving, powwows, dance prizes, naming ceremonies, funerals and memorials. Still renowned for their intricate patterns and premium quality, Pendleton blankets are a unique collectible that can be passed down to future generations.

    Read our Pendleton Collector's Guide.
  • At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.
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