The stories behind our Basotho blankets
Our beautiful cultural blankets are a favourite among our customers. Basotho culture is steeped in the rich history of beautiful blanket designs used for every occasion from birth to manhood and marriage. The blankets we sell showcase the authentic designs of these stunning blankets which are made of an exceptionally high quality using only the finest wool and dralon mix. However, these stunning blankets provide more than just exquisite designs. Each blanket also boasts an interesting and exquisite story that is at the heart of the Basotho culture. Here are just a few of those stories:
The "Lehlako" or "Crest"
The "Lehlako" or "Crest" genuine Basotho Blanket is part of the Victoria England range - a range originally created only for Kings and Chiefs. It was made famous when Nelson Mandela was seen wearing it at a ceremony in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.
The design, unchanged for over a hundred years, originates from the late 1800s when Lesotho was under the protection of the British Empire. The motifs shown are of the feathers worn in the hats by British soldiers and was created to symbolize their bravery, courage and to honour them.
Considered the most prestigious of Basotho Blankets, the Seana Marena, "Poone" or "mielie" design shows cobs of corns. Corn, being synonymous with harvest and health, is used in the design to symbolize fertility and also wealth.
Badges of the Brave
"The Badges of the Brave" genuine Basotho Blanket is part of the Victoria England range. The design originates from the late 1800s when Lesotho was under the protection of the British Empire. The moitfs on the blanket are a beautiful mix of British war symbols and local antelope. The "Badges of the Brave" blanket was created to honour the British soldiers who fought for Lesotho and symbolizes bravery and courage. It is often given to couples at their wedding in the hope that they will give birth to brave sons and daughters and is also given to young boys entering manhood.
“The Linare” blanket was created by a Basotho designer by the name of Motsamia Maloko for King Letsie III’s birthday celebrations in the district of Leribe and it has become the trademark blanket for Leribe. The icon for Leribe is the buffalo and as such the blanket design features buffalo heads in the traditional colours of Leribe namely Black/Peacock with a natural over stripe.