How did you get started with blankets?
In 2017, I entered Eighth Generation's blanket design contest and made it all the way to the final round. Although I didn't win the contest, we began discussion about partnering with Eighth Generation through the Inspired Natives Project. The cotton and wool blankets on this page, as well as the other products, are the outcome of that partnership.
What size are your blankets?
Our cotton throw blankets are 50" x 60". Our "Signature Series" wool blankets are 80" x 60" (fits over a Queen size bed).
What materials are your blankets made with?
Our cotton throw blankets are made with 100% cotton. Our "Signature Series" wool blankets are made with 100% New Zealand wool.
Where are your blankets produced?
Our cotton throw blankets are produced in the USA. Our "Signature Series" wool blankets are imported from China.
What percent of our blankets are produced in the USA?
Currently, about 50% of Eighth Generations blankets are produced in the USA. Of the 3 John Isaiah Pepion designs, 2 are Made in the USA and 1 is imported.
Why don't you produce your wool blankets in the USA using American wool - or Native produced wool?
Although producing our wool blankets in the USA using domestic wool, or even Native-produced wool, would be our ideal scenario, it's an unrealistic expectation at this time. We will work towards making this long term goal a reality. Until then, we are confident that we entered into this high-barrier-to-entry market in the best way possible - helping artists, using authentic art and leveraging our successes support community.
We reject any stereotype-based assumption that a Native-owned company is somehow "less Native" because we have started working with overseas manufacturers. Eighth Generation must contend with the same reality and constraints as all other American small businesses. Yet, while approximately 97% of apparel sold in the U.S. is made overseas, only 2 of Eighth Generation's 20 product categories are manufactured overseas.
Will you be making remnants available for crafters and artists? As we get up to speed with our core blanket offerings, we will make remnants and materials available for crafters and artists.