During Basotho rites of passage, a young boy will wear a blanket before his initiation into manhood and a different blanket after, as proof that he has reached manhood in the Basotho culture. The wearing of this blanket, apart from its utility purpose, symbolizes emergence from the status of boyhood to that of manhood.
What does Seanamarena mean?
The word ‘Seanamarena’ means ‘to swear by the Chiefs’. The Collection features the famous Poone design with its corncob motif. In Basotho culture the corncob is a symbol of fertility and wealth. The Chromatic design derives its name from its creator’s initials C.H.R.
What does the Sotho outfit represent?
The Sotho display the mokorotlo in their homes, indicating that they uphold the customs and acknowledge their bonds with their Balimo. It also serves to protect the home against danger and other evil influences. The hat is an important part of Sotho cultural attire that is worn to reflect national identity and pride.
What are Basotho blankets called?
Kharetsa: named after the aloe which is indigenous to the Maloti Mountains of Lesotho. Sefate and Morena: are used by the Basotho people as an everyday wearing blanket.
When was the first Basotho blanket worn?
The first Basotho blanket brand. It dates to 1897, one of the oldest trademarks around. The Basotho refer to the Victoria England as Lefitori.
What is Sotho traditional attire called?
The Sotho women wear a colorful, beaded headdress, a long dress, and multiple necklaces. They also wear a large, beaded apron called a “mathambo”. The Sotho men typically wear a short-sleeved shirt, with a colorful vest and cape. They also wear a large hat decorated with feathers and beads.
Why do Sotho men wear blankets?
Loyalty and respect are deep-rooted in Basotho culture, and wearing blankets is not only functional but also serves to pay homage to their king, almost in a likeness of being manner.
Where does Sotho tribe come from?
The Basotho, also known as Sotho speakers, are said to have originated from the north of Southern Africa. The Basotho made their way down as various tribes settled in different parts of the country. Some groups settled in the west, while others settled in the east and further south.
What are Basotho blankets made out of?
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. Aranda is the proud, sole manufacturer of the Basotho heritage blankets.
What are Basotho beliefs?
Most people in Lesotho are Catholics, but there are also many Protestant denominations. Today, many independent churches combine theses elements of African traditional religion with the doctrines of Christianity. In Sotho tradition, the man is considered the head of the household.
What does Modianyewe mean?
Modianyewe means “he who executes judgement in court.” It was the prerogative of the older men to give judgement in the chief’s court, which they did with great eloquence.
What is Seshoeshoe?
According to Fashion (2011:1) seshoeshoe or shweshwe is the most popular fabric for women in South Africa: “Shweshwe is the cloth of choice for outfits for traditional ceremonies.
How do you wrap a blanket around yourself?
To wrap yourself up like a burrito, put a blanket behind your back with one end in each hand. Cross your arms over one another in a vampire-like motion. Then hop on the bed and use your hands to wrap your legs snugly in the blanket before putting your arms back in position.