Published January 30, 2019
SEATTLE — Eighth Generation, the first Native American-owned company to offer beautifully crafted wool blankets, is excited to unveil their latest project, “The Companion” and “Sprout” Little Wool Blanket. Designed by Eight Generation founder, Louie Gong (Nooksack) and Inspired Natives artist, Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe), the artfully crafted and smaller size wool blankets are designed for little ones or those who appreciate a playful spirit.
In the Anishinaabe tradition, the otter is a sacred companion. “The Companion” blanket portrays two otters frolicking joyfully among Howes’ signature Woodlands floral motifs. With its versatile size, this blanket is perfect for anyone looking for a smaller sized throw blanket, or as a gift for a young one who embodies the spirited playfulness of the otter.
- 2-sided design
- Small Size (46″ x 46″)
- Includes space on label to write a note or name
- Fabric content: 95% wool, 5% nylon
- Whip Stitch Edge Band
- Designed by Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe)
- Made in the USA
The “Sprout” wool blanket calls out to one of Eighth Generation’s very first custom blanket projects, the “Tree of Life” Wool Blanket, created in partnership with the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi. Early collaborations like this, played a crucial role in establishing Eighth Generation as a Native-owned company that was capable of delivering a powerful update to the outdated practices of the wool blanket industry.
The “Sprout” Wool Blanket symbolizes the importance of nurturing new growth, hopefulness and resilience of new life. The blanket design pays tribute to traditional Woodlands floral motifs and was created with design support from Inspired Natives Collaborator Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe).
· 2-sided design
· Small Size (46″ x 30″)
· Includes space on label to write a note or name
· Fabric content: 95% wool, 5% nylon
· Whip Stitch Edge Band
· Designed by Eighth Generation, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, and Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe)
· Made in the USA
Eighth Generation launched the Inspired Natives Project in 2014 as a way to provide economic and business education opportunities for native artists. The Project is a collaboration in which community-based artists – whose cultural art is often appropriated by large companies – are treated as partners and offered business skills development and mentorship to build their business capacity and distribute artwork globally.