The reds and pinks come from the crushed bodies of dried insects. If you are looking for an ultimate gift or want to add something very special to your home that will last for years, Swans Island blankets are the bomb.
Swans Island blankets are hand-dyed and hand-woven by a small group of craftspeople up near where the rare sheep roam in Maine. Started by one family who fled the city for a simpler life 12 years ago, it was handed over to another family (Waldorf folks!) who wanted the same thing in 2004.
Now Bill Laurita and Jody Spanglet continue to keep the tradition alive weaving with all natural materials, using organic dyes and finishing all edges in silk thread.
This post has to come with a disclaimer up front that these blankets are not only very beautiful, they are also pricey. Don't be put off, however, just save up. The collection ranges from baby blankets to throws to summer and winter weight blankets, and prices run from $190 up over $1000. We recommend them all.
(ReEdited from 2006-12-15 - MGR)