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Snoqualmie Tribe's Latest Leap: Native Blankets, Made in Seattle


February 3, 2021

Studio assistant Jasmine Frazier, left, works on tying off loose ends on blankets with studio manager Josh Swift at the Eighth Generation warehouse in Seattle on Jan. 14, 2021. The art and apparel brand partners with Native artists around the country. (Dorothy Edwards/Crosscut)

In a small warehouse near a busy intersection in Seattle's industrial district, an assembly of animals is charging forward: A buffalo bursts forth. An elk gallops. A magpie spreads its wings amid running wolves and beavers.

The animals are all heading in the same direction, emerging from the 10-foot-wide industrial machine that is knitting them into a blue-and-white baby blanket. Inch by inch, the merino wool fabric emerges from the belly of the appliance - like a jumbo printer, but for sewing.

The blanket was designed by renowned artist John Isaiah Pepion (Blackfeet) for Eighth Generation, the Seattle-based design and lifestyle company that collaborates exclusively with Native American artists. Called "Protection," the artwork represents the shielding powers of sacred animals.


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