The original capote coat was made of blanketing rather than a blanket itself. At Cooperstown Trading Post we hand-sew our capotes with top quality, Pendleton National Park commemorative blankets of 100% virgin wool. Colors:
A – Mt. Rainier National Park. Red w/black, yellow stripes. * NOT AVAILABLE
B – Glacier National Park. White w/multi stripes.
C – Crater Lake National Park. Blue w/multi stripes.
D - Badlands National Park. Olive w/multi stripes.
The original capotes were tailor-cut coats rather than “Indian” cut. Most were closed by a sash and some later designs were double-breasted with buttons. They were often made of wool blanketing rather than a blanket itself. All capotes were made of single stripe blankets, and the majority were white 3-point blankets with a single black or blue “head” or bar near each end. Other colors were sky blue, grey or blue-grey. Ref: Mountain Mans’ Sketch Book by James Austin Hanson and Kathryn J Wilson
The Pendleton National Park blanket designs were created in the 1900’s to honor America’s National Parks. Each blanket features a patch signifying the Park (Mr. Ranier, Glacier, and Crater Lake National Parks), and the blanket’s authenticity.