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This one-of-a-kind Churro wool wedding blanket was designed and crafted exclusively for Los Poblanos by Heritage Blankets in Española, New Mexico. Aiming to underscore our agricultural and architectural history, we couldn’t think of a better format than this hand-made, all-natural Churro wool blanket featuring a brick pattern used by John Gaw Meem in 1930’s. (Event and wedding guests at Los Poblanos will recognize this pattern from the walkway around La Quinta.) Handwoven wool blankets are commonly used as a wall hangings, or draped over the back of a sofa to be used and enjoyed.
Beyond being beautiful, this blanket and the wool it is crafted from are celebrations of heritage and community. Each purchase helps support rural agricultural life in Northern New Mexico and helps keep the tradition alive. It was made by hand at the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center by local weavers, many of whom come from nearby traditional weaving families, in partnership with local social service organizations working to train and employ them.
The Navajo-Churro sheep, a descendant of the Churra sheep of Spain, were first brought to North America by Spanish explorers in the 16th century. Many Native American tribes in the west of the United States acquired Churro sheep from the explorers and the breed became extremely popular in the Rio Grande Valley region. The Navajo tribe in particular prized the Churro because the long, dense fibers of the wool have a very low lanolin content, making it ideal for spinning without washing as well as easy to dye.
Efforts to preserve the breed began in the 1970s and continue to this day, a process that Los Poblanos is proud to be a part of. Today, more than 6,000 Churro sheep thrive in the United States, thanks to careful conservation and breed perpetuation measures.
This blanket measures approximately 48″ x 72″.