'The blanket was my grandfather's', the man responded on the dusty road outside Thaba Tseka. 'He bought it to honour the King's visit in 1947 and we've had it ever since' - Diary of a Glen Shepherd
This Crown Basotho Blanket features one of the oldest patterns in the archive. The design features the Crown of St. Edward, closely associated with Queen Victoria whose early pact with King Moshoeshoe I laid the foundations for modern Lesotho.
These Blankets are reversible with inverse colouring on the backside.
Additionally every Basotho Blanket comes with a detailed history, wearing instructions as well as a gold tone safety pin. The pin is used when traditionally draped and worn as a garment.
History of the Basotho Blanket
Worn by the people of the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho in Southern Africa, Basotho tribal blankets have a storied history and are worn for both ceremonial and everyday use as well as being used as cozy throws and bedding. Basotho blankets are sold all over the world and most recently were featured in the movie "Black Panther".
During the mid-19th century Lesotho was under attack from various fronts, and King Moshoeshoe I appealed to Queen Victoria of Britain in 1867 for protection. When she agreed to his request, the King spoke of her “spreading her blanket” of protection over the country, and so began an enduring relationship between the two nations that continues to this day.
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. The designs have been developed over many years with the blessing of the Lesotho Royal Family and are intimately related to the history and culture of the Basotho people.
These Basotho blankets are manufactured from a wool blend which offers protection from the wind and rain and provides warmth in the high altitude climate. They are also some of the coziest blankets you can own and are perfect as throws or bedding.
155 cm by 165 cm / 61" by 65" inches
50% Wool 50% Acrylic
Made in South Africa
Social ImpactA portion of the sale price of every Basotho blanket is donated to Sentebale, a charity founded by Harry, Duke of Sussex and HRH Prince Seeiso of Lesotho that provides support for children living with HIV.
Additionally, a portion of the profits from all Sykes & Ainley items goes to supporting the work of The Canadian Wool Council (CWC). The CWC is a Canadian non-profit organization devoted to supporting Canada's wool growers and educating consumers on the wonders of wool.