Native American textiles aren’t just a bunch of pretty pictures pieced together. Their colors, patterns, and even weave variations are replete with historical meaning and cultural significance. In this old Pendleton pamphlet (precise vintage unknown), the fabric mill lists the predominantly Navajo and Cherokee symbols found in its signature jacquard fabrics, along with the mythic and personal stories they represent. The role Pendleton played in the history of the Indian trade blanket, on the other hand, is far more complex.

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