Basotho Heritage Blankets, despite being largely unavailable outside of Africa for their 100-year-plus existence, are of such quality and have such a colorful, storied history that they are easily comparable to brands of a similar vintage, including Pendleton, Woolrich, and Hudson’s Bay Company. The widespread adoption of these blankets in Southern Africa was happening contemporaneously with the invention and popularization of dungarees by Levi Strauss & Co. in the United States. For the people of Lesotho, the blankets have become every bit as ubiquitous as denim and an even more important part of everyday life.
Aranda, the weaving mill, has been the sole exclusive manufacturer of Basotho Heritage Blankets, as appointed by the royal family of Lesotho, since the early 1990s. But the story of the blankets goes back over 100 years. In 1860, King Moshoeshoe I, the founder of the tiny landlocked mountain kingdom of Lesotho, was given a wool blanket as a gift. He was very taken with it and soon abandoned his traditional leopard-skin kaross in favor of the blanket. The Basotho people soon followed their leader, and to this day the blanket is an integral part of their lives. It is an essential feature of all life important life events, from marriage and childbirth to the coronation of kings.
95% wool/ 5% cotton