Let us start by saying we're blanket snobs, plain and simple. It has to be buttery soft, but produced without toxins or chemicals. It must be warm, but not make you sweat in the summer. It also needs to be tasteful, a showpiece in its own right, draped over the back of a sofa or on a bed.
When founding Gray Heron, we had a choice: find a fabric that would maximize profits or take our time, limit our impact on the earth, pay workers all along the supply chain a living wage, and stand behind our product, knowing that you will sleep and snuggle under a blanket made responsibly. It took two years, but we finally found our fabric, two layers of GOTS certified organic quadruple layer cotton muslin. Every decision we make at Gray Heron, we do so with the utmost respect for the earth, for you the customer, and for all of the people who help grow, make and deliver our textiles. Although it means we will be small-scale and take less by the way of profits, it's just the way we have to do business.
Cotton Muslin, also known as gauze fabric, is a loosely woven cotton that is extremely lightweight. To create the substantial, yet breathable Gray Heron eight layer blanket, weavers spend three to four months creating just a few thousand yards of this fabric. Multiple, thin layers of gauze attach to each other with threads that create the unique and irresistible grid-like, puckered pattern upon washing. So soft against the skin, the Gray Heron can be used alone or layered underneath a duvet. With its warmth and breathability, 8 layer cotton muslin is a fabric for year-round snuggles, naps and deep sleeps. You may not be a baby anymore, but you can still sleep like one.