Published at Thursday, October 11th 2018. by Ethel Kane in Blanket.
When man developed the resource to harvest animals for food they realized that the skins could be used for a bed and blanket to keep them dry and for warmth. If the skin of an animal could keep the animal warm then it made sense that it could keep man warm and also cloth him.
Then in the year 1896 the Pendleton Woolen Mill in Pendleton Oregon became the first mill founded for the sole purpose of producing trade blankets. Each of these mills had their own specific design to designate which mill it was produced in. Some of them were very similar in design, but the Oregon City blankets had a very intricate design that was different from all the rest. The plains Indians preferred the Capps simple design over all the rest.
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.
It became necessary for the Native Americans to trade for wool blankets as the white hunters moved west and slaughtered the buffalo and took the skins which were a staple for food, shelter and clothing for the Indians.
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.
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