Introducing the first annual Iditarod Pendleton blanket! Made exclusively for the Iditarod, this is a limited availability blanket celebrating the 2021 Iditarod race.
This year's race honors the Nome Serum Run and each of the 20 mushers who made the 674 mile trip. In remembrance of this heroic act, we are featuring the famous sled dog, Togo, and musher Leonhard Seppala, to remind us all of the courage and selfless-ness of the sled dogs and mushers who made this incredible journey to save the children of Nome by delivering the diphtheria serum.
Featured, also, on the right and left sides of the blanket are raven's feet, a symbol of health and well-being in the Alaska Native culture.
Measures 64 inches wide x 80 inches high.
Includes custom leather patch sewn onto the corner of the blanket with the Iditarod seal.
These blankets are all available in robe size, the size preferred by Native Americans for gifting and ceremonial purposes. A robe-sized blanket fits a twin or full-size bed, and works well as a wall hanging.
Dry clean. Made in the USA. Dry Clean only. 82% pure virgin wool and 18% cotton. Felt bound unless otherwise noted.
The Pendleton Woolen Mills has been producing First Nations designed blankets since 1912.
*The first 100 orders receive an exclusive Iditarod gift, compliments of the Iditarod (hint: it's a good one!)
*Note, this item is available for pre-order, order today to reserve your blanket. We are placing one order, and once we sell through the first run, this blanket style will be retired.
*Note, Pendleton requires 14 week lead-time for all custom blankets; ship date is the week of August 30.
About Iditarod Sled Dog Race
The Iditarod is a sled dog race covering 1049 miles, from Anchorage to Nome, of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer. This race was started to save the sled dog and protects their legacy and future.
2021 Honorary mushers – 1925 serum run mushers
The twenty mushers who gave it their all to carry the Diphtheria Serum to Nome in 1925 are
honored in this year’s Iditarod Race because, while we face our own global pandemic, we should never forget those who came before us and found a way to succeed. The 674-mile trip was made in
1271/2 hours, considered by mushers to be a world record.
Basic Wool Care - Proper care will ensure years of wear for your Pendleton blankets and clothes. But because wool is naturally stain, odor and wrinkle-resistant it's low maintenance. Minor wrinkles disappear when a garment is hung, and 24 hours usually restores a smooth appearance. And there's no need to clean a garment every time you wear it. Just brush with a lint brush and air out between wearings.
Wool Blanket Care - Dry cleaning is the best way to maintain your blanket. Even with the mildest washing methods blankets will lose 3"-6" in length. And shrinkage could increase with successive launderings. Also, blankets may become stiff and dense, permanently changing the soft hand and smooth appearance. So unless a blanket specifically states "washable" please dry clean only.
Preventing Moth Damage - Moth damage typically occurs during storage or when wool garments aren’t worn regularly. Clothes moths, which are small and buff-colored, choose dark, quiet places to lay eggs and their larvae feed on wool. Here are several easy ways to help prevent that damage:
1. Brush your blankets or the wool clothes in your active wardrobe regularly with a lint or nylon-bristled clothes brush.
2. Clean wool articles before storing. Soiled wools (even those with invisible body oils) are more likely to attract moths.
3. After cleaning, store wools in an airtight bag or container.
4. Mothballs and crystals are very effective. However, cedar and herbal products have limited effectiveness.