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Eighth Generation is proud to announce the first textile line made by a Native-owned company!
This initial collection includes a line of super soft, Native American made baby blankets and scarves for families who appreciate – rather than appropriate – Native art and culture. The blankets and scarves, which are made in our Seattle studio, are the lead product in what we are calling the Urban Manufacturing Initiative (UMI). This initiative is our latest achievement in our decade-long effort to reclaim the market for products featuring cultural art from companies that have normalized fake art and stories.
While the UMI kicks off with baby blankets and scarves, we are expanding to include a broad range of products distinguished by a Gold Label. These new Gold Label products, which are intended to complement Eighth Generation’s existing products, are made with 100% Merino wool and finished by hand. Like all of Eighth Generation’s products, they are 100% Native designed by artists.
Textile artist Gail White Eagle (Muckleshoot and Chehalis), designed a baby blanket and scarf called “First Light” included in the initial collection. Working with Eighth Generation is different than other companies, as White Eagle notes, “to have Eighth Generation take our designs and work with us through the process…it has really uplifted me.”
In addition to Gail’s design, baby blanket and scarf designs by Eighth Generation founder Louie Gong (Noooksack) and John Isaiah Pepion (Blackfeet) are part of our initial offerings. Designs by Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe), David Robert Boxley (Tsimshian) and Shirod Younker (Coquille/Miluk Coos/Umpqua) will launch in December!
The UMI is what Chief Operations Officer, Serene Lawrence (Anishinaabe, Hopi), describes as our biggest accomplishment to date. “By adding a line of house-made textiles, we are setting an even higher standard for ethical products featuring cultural art and themes,” Lawrence says. “We know consumers who appreciate and respect Indigenous art want their money to strengthen a tribally-owned company working with Native artists, rather than support corporations with a long history of cultural appropriation."