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How did you start making blankets?
Louie Gong (Nooksack) began planning for wool blankets in 2010 after earning his first wool blanket by keynoting an education conference. From that point forward, he saved every penny from speaking and workshops to use as the seed money for the 2015 launch. In 2020, Eighth Generation launched a collection of wool baby blankets made in our Seattle studios.
What size are your blankets?
Throw blankets: 50" x 60"
“Signature Series” wool blankets: 80" x 60" (fits over a Queen size bed)
Wool baby blankets: 39" x 28"
What materials are your blankets made with?
Our throw blankets are made with 100% cotton. Our "Signature Series" wool blankets are 100% wool pile, 100% polyester warp. Our collection of Native-made textiles—throw blankets, baby blankets, and scarves—are made with 100% Merino wool.
Where are your blankets produced?
Our collection of Native-made textiles, featuring wool throw blankets, baby blankets and scarves, are produced in our Seattle studio. Our "Signature Series" wool blankets are imported from China. All of our cotton throw blankets are produced in the USA.
Why don't you produce all your wool blankets in the USA using American wool or Native-produced wool?
We are proud to work with both domestic and worldwide partners in producing our blankets! Eighth Generation is confident that we entered into this high-barrier-to-entry market in the best way possible and reject any stereotype-based assumption that a Native-owned company is somehow "less Native" because we work with overseas manufacturers. We must contend with the same reality and constraints as all other American small businesses. While only 3% of apparel sold in the US is made domestically, over 50% of Eighth Generation's product categories are manufactured in the USA—much of it made in our own Seattle studio.
In October 2017, Eighth Generation launched "Guardians", our first made-in-the-US wool blanket. As part of that Journey Blanket series, in November 2018, Eighth Generation launched "Sprout" and "Companions" wool blankets.
In October 2019, Eighth Generation began producing a Native-made textile line in our Seattle warehouse!