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These blankets are made of all sorts of materials, including cotton, linen, silk, synthetic fibers, goose down, and even old clothes.
Patterns include bright colors and geometric shapes, some of which are based on authentic tribal designs.
Along with other varieties of Pendleton blankets, Beaver State blankets are highly collectible.
The first time any piece of cloth or bedding was called a “blanket” was in 1340, when Thomas Blanquette, a Flemish weaver living in England, developed a heavily napped woollen weave.
In the early days, all blankets were made of wool, which provided warmth and was resistant to fire.
Thinner, skin-friendly sheets were made of cotton or linen.
These days, though, the term blanket may be applied to quilts, bedspreads, comforters, and duvets.
Native Americans would wear wool blankets as coats or robes, and in Mexico, colorful blankets called zarape, or serape, are often worn by men like shawls.Blankets are also used to spread on the ground during picnics, at the beach, or to protect furniture during moves.Horse blankets are placed on the animals to prevent them from growing a shaggy winter coat of hair; saddle blankets keep their skin from chafing.Firefighters also use specialized blankets to protect furniture from water damage and themselves from flames.Made by Oregon-based Pendleton Woolen Mills, Beaver State is a line of Indian trade blankets that has been in production since 1912.The line, which includes shawls and robes in addition to blankets, was originally sold to the nearby Walla Walla, Cayuse and Umatilla tribes.