Pendleton Debuts Alpaca Throw Collection
Home & Textiles Today Staff -- Home Textiles Today, March 31, 2012
PORTLAND, ORE. - Pendleton recently introduced three throws made of 100% American alpaca.
The throws are woven with all-natural, undyed fiber sourced from a growers cooperative, the Alpaca Blanket Project. Members contributing fiber can buy the throws for resale.
Pendleton has introduced its own alpaca throw for sale through the company's retail stores, online, catalog and wholesale accounts. After sorting for color and quality, the fiber was spun, woven and finished at the company's Washougal, Wash., mill.
The fringed throws are now available at wholesale and will be sold at retail this fall. All three styles are 100% U.S. raised alpacas, and made in the United States. The size is 52-by-70 inches, plus a 5-inch fringe, with a suggested retail price of $249.
"Without Pendleton, the Alpaca Blanket Project would not have a business," said Peter Lundberg, who heads up the project. "Pendleton's commitment to alpaca allows our 500-plus members to earn a return on their investment and purchase products that they can sell as well. Other users of alpaca fiber are typically smaller manufacturers that do not use 100% of the fiber in their products."