We see them on the red carpet, posing for the paparazzi, answering afashion journalists' age-old question, "Who Are You Wearing?!" The answer is usually traceable to one sole designer - "Gucci! Prada! Fendi!" But what if, during our daily grind of work/school/running errands, the average joe gets asked that question? I don't know about you, but I don't expect people to run up to me in the grocery store to inspect my outfit and ask who I'm wearing.
While many of us take a sense of pride in how we clothe ourselves, would you be able to answer seamlessly as any given celebrity at an award show? The designs and fabrics we wear have a back story of how they came to fruition, and one in particular lately spotted in magazines and store fronts did not spawn from one creative mind but an entire people group.
The intricate, Tetris-like pattern called "Pendleton" has been trending for a few years now, but many have no idea how it emerged. Originally, the Pendleton design adorned blankets in the Southwest Native community and given at commemorative events such as special ceremonies, graduations, memorials, as welcoming to new babies, and even as a thank you gifts. The blankets also served as winter garments and trading for the Nez Perce, Zuni, Navajo, and Hopi tribes in preparation for the cold months.
The name "Pendleton" design derives from Pendleton Woolen Mills, a factory which harbored a comradery with the surrounding Native community. Established in 1909 by a an English weaver by the name of Thomas Kay. Set in Pendleton, Oregon, with prime climate for tending sheep and garnering wool, its early years was primarily producing blankets and robes for the Native Community. Gained popularity and astute resources over the last century have provided Pendleton Woolen Mills access to the larger public.
At SandiLake we want to give credit where credit is due, and acknowledge that the Pendleton design isn’t just a trend, but a beautiful representation of the nations of Native peoples. These designs were a source of economy as well as passed down from generation to generation to tell stories about the journey through life.
When you wear our new line of Holiday tees, we'd love you to mention SandiLake, but also leave room to share who you are really wearing.