Pendleton: Traditional Indigenous Design & Artistry

Arriving this season, we have the latest Pendleton pillows, blankets & more. The Pendleton brand is rich with heritage, history and pure craftsmanship at its best. It all began in 1863 when a young English weaver named Thomas Kay decided he wanted to produce his own wool in the USA. 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 (Pendleton, 2020).

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.

Pendleton brings over a century of fabric-making expertise to everything we do.

Pendleton is founded on an intimate knowledge of the wool business – from fibre to fabric. Whether it’s a wool garment, wool fabric, or a wool blanket, Pendleton offers over 100 years of expertise, imagination and dedication to quality.

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. Uniquely woven into Indigenous communities, Pendleton continues to partner with, and share traditional Indigenous design and artistry with the world. We’ve got an array of designs of the best picnic blankets, home blankets to pillows. All great additions to your home or even your next adventure. Designs set to make a statement and quality that will last you the test of time, these are a must have staple items (Pendleton, 2020).


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