Cozy and warm these large blankets have a deep cultural significance and history. I first discovered them 15 years ago on a trip to Africa. I have 4 in my home, in Brighton.
Basotho tribal blankets distinguish themsleves from others by the way in which the blankets are worn as part of their everyday life.
What makes the Basotho blankets unique is the layout of the design, the various symbols used, the bold colour combinations and the characteristic pin-stripe. This stripe was originally a weaving fault which has become a unique part of the design and dictates how the blanket is worn. When worn in the traditional manner, on the plains of Africa the pin-stripe runs vertically symbolising growth.
The corncob is the most widely used motif throughout the range of the Basotho heritage blankets. In Basotho culture, maize is the staple food and therefore the corncob is a symbol of fertility and wealth.
Traditionally Basotho blankets are manufactured from wool which offers protection from the wind and rain and provides warmth in the high altitude of The Mountain Kingdom.
Basotho heritage blankets are made in Isithebe, KwaZulu-Natal and measure 165 cm square.