Basotho Blankets Traditional
- Basotho Seanamarena Stack
- Basotho Blanket Victoria England Stack
- Basotho Motlatsi Stack
Our Basotho Blankets grace many a home across the world.
Many bedrooms and couches have their blankets in pride of place.
You might even want to wear yours!
Just make sure that the stripe runs down the side, that’s the right way.
Each pattern and design has deep significance but from a user’s point of view.
These Basotho Blankets are glorious on a cold winter’s night.
Warm , soft, beautiful, natural.
The History of the Batsotho-Wearing-Blanket
The history of the Basotho-wearing blanket is thought to date back to the 1860s when a blanket of European manufacture was presented to King Moshoeshoe I (c.1786 –1870), founder of the Basotho Kingdom of Lesotho.
Since its adoption in favour of the skin ‘kaross’, the blanket has proved popular and well-suited to the often cold climatic conditions of mountainous Lesotho.
Owing to its distinctive landscape, Lesotho is sometimes referred to as the Mountain Kingdom or the Kingdom in the Sky. The Basotho blanket is presently produced in a number of ranges, including the:
- ‘Seana Marena‘ (king’s blanket), ‘
- Victoria’/ ‘Victoria England’, ‘Malakabe’ (flame),
- ‘Morena’, ‘Sefate’ (tree),Kharetsa (Spiral Aloe) and
- ‘Motlatsi’ (advisor)
Each range (or ‘label’) is available in one size only 155 cm x 165 cm and comes in numerous colours with a number of designs, which are almost invariably quadrilaterally symmetrical. For example there are two ‘Seana Marena’ motifs: the ‘Poone’ (‘mealie’/maize) design and the Chromatic, also known as Cards and ‘Skop’ (kick).
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Composition of the Basotho Blankets made in wool
The lambswool Tribal blankets are made from 90% virgin lambswool and 10% cotton warp with a cotton whip on the edge. PLEASE NOTE : Due to the prevailing drought and resultant poor quality of wool, the manufacturer of these blankets is replacing the current blanket with a 50% wool 50% Acrylic blend. AnnMack Eco is still able to supply the 90% wool / 10% cotton blend but only while stocks last
From a practical point of view, these wool Basotho Blankets Traditional are made from the highest quality wool and are woven in South Africa. Of course there are many designs and patterns but as this is a seasonal product, demand often outstrips supply. They are warm, soft and because they are made from 90% wool, one stays warm without overheating.
How to use or wear the Basotho Blankets
Wear it as a wrap, use it on your bed or in front of the TV on a chilly night. Cuts back on electricity costs .Fully reversible as you can see on the left. The blankets are made from pure wool and cotton with an excellent finish. The quality is outstanding.
Traditional wearing of Basotho Blankets
The trademark four ‘pin-stripes’ synonymous with the Basotho blanket, and typically worn with the stripes running on the vertical, apparently originate in an early manufacturing flaw that over time has become ‘de rigueur’. Once wrapped around the body, the blanket is secured at the wearer’s shoulders and affords comfort in extreme temperatures, as well as protection from the elements and open fires. From birth to death, the blanket plays a central role in South Sotho culture.
A sustainable heirloom blanket full of history to snuggle up to.
Enjoy the warmth, soaking in the juicy colours and unique story of your Tribal blanket.
VERY FEW 90% WOOL BLANKETS LEFT IN THE COUNTRY. ASK US FOR STYLES STILL AVAILABLE BEFORE IS TOO LATE
Social sustainability : A royalty from each of these woollen blankets is given to the Lesotho Kingdom and its people.
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Ann has been wonderful in sourcing the original, wool/
I cannot thank Ann enough for her dedication
Thank you Ann, this journey has been truly wonderful !
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