The original Indian trade blankets were the multi-striped point blankets imported by the Hudson’s Bay Company from English woolen mills.
From 1780 to 1890 the point blanket was a staple in every fur trader’s inventory and thousands upon thousands found their way into indigenous hands.
The father could accept the gifts and agree to the marriage and courtship, without the daughter's knowledge.
Instead they spent time with people their father saw as acceptable and the father typically setup their relationships.
The father looked for someone with power in the tribe or a strong warrior.
Wool cloth of one kind or another was traded as far back as the French regime in North America (1534–1765), but HBC point blankets were introduced in 1780 to compete with similar blankets offered by the Montreal-based private traders.
The blankets were often produced with a green stripe, red stripe, yellow stripe and indigo stripe on a white background; the four stripe colours were popular and easily produced using good colourfast dyes at that time.
There was also a lack of private time for the young couple as tradition required a chaperon.