The Pendleton Problem: When Does Cultural Appreciation Tip Into Appropriation?

Our thanks to Eighth Generation for passing on this article in Dwell:

Designers weigh in on the fine line that divides the two when it comes to home decor.

Growing up in New Mexico, Venancio Aragon (Diné) remembers that a Pendleton wool blanket was one of the most precious gifts you could give or receive. Though his family has been practicing Navajo weaving for generations, he puts on a Pendleton for special occasions. “They’re part of our cultural landscape,” says Aragon, who does polychromatic, non-traditional weaving. “Pendleton blankets become synonymous with Native Americans, I guess, although not being made by Native Americans at all.”

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