It had been warm all day but the moment the sun was obscured by trees it suddenly felt much colder and by nightfall it was only a few degrees above zero. I noticed her shivering at the fire and handed her my Basotho blanket. 'Thank you,' she said as she wrapped the bright cloth around her. 'Won't you be cold?' she asked after her teeth stopped chattering. 'Don't worry I always bring two,' as I pulled another dazzling print from out of my back pack - Diary of a Glen Shepherd
This Seana Marena Chromatic Basotho Blanket is the crown jewel of blanket designs with a history going back to the turn of the 19th century. The name means "to swear by the Chiefs" and is embellished with the Ace of Spades ("skop" in Basotho).
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.
Size: 155 cm by 165 cm / 61" by 65" inches
Fabrication: 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.