Green, red, yellow and indigo are the four colored stripes we associate with these iconic Hudson Bay point blankets. But did you ever wonder about their origin? These blankets were traded to First Nations and Native Americans living in what is now Canada as far back as 1779, often in exchange for things like beaver pelts, buffalo robes, and moccasins. To prevent having to unfold or measure the blankets, a clever point system was created by stitching in small indigo lines to denote their size and weight. A century later these point blankets were used by French Canadian voyageurs to make hooded coats called capotes. Doesn’t that make you want one even more? I, for one, desperately need that canoe in my life! WTF.
(Hudson Bay Point Blanket $319)