Published at Friday, September 07th 2018. by Kristine Beard in Blanket.
As good quality wool blankets became important as a trading commodity for explorers and trappers, American companies began production of woolen trade blankets. These companies that sprung up in America with names like Racine Woolen Mills in Wisconsin, Capps in Illinois, Buell in Missouri and Oregon City Mill in Oregon began to produce these trade blankets.
By the late 1800's most Native Americans were confined to reservations and the trading post was established. These trading posts were located on the reservations for the sole purpose of trading with the Indians for animal skins which were in high demand back east. The wool mills found a built-in market for their blankets. Needless to say, the Native Americans soon became the wool mills best customers. Being very eager to please the Native Americans, the mills would send representatives to live among the tribes to learn just which design could be used to identify one tribe from another.
The first item on your criteria should be fabric content. This is going to have a big impact on your choice of blankets, so make sure that you choose wisely according to your budget and you're your personal preference. Fabrics are available in both natural and synthetic fibers, so it would depend on you which type is best for your home and for your family.
The first commercially made blankets were very simple. They were white in color with a few stripes of contrasting color. The Hudson Bay Company blanket was made in England and was used for trade by European trappers to the Blackfeet and the Northern Plains Indians.
Thermal blankets are typical for those who are "warm sleepers". They are loosely woven and made with acrylic or cotton fibers that allow the smooth circulation of air during sleep. Body heat escapes easily with this type of blanket, so buy this if you normally feel warm during the evenings.
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