basotho blanket

by Grace Bonney

yesterday i had fun shopping around the city with julie scelfo from the nytimes for the paper’s “” column. we hopped around from store to store in brooklyn and manhattan and ended up at an old favorite, in union square. after scouring their sale section for great deals, we wandered over to the bedding section and i fell head over heels for this pink wool blanket that sadly was above my shopping budget. this beautiful is a traditional tribal blanket of the basotho people of lesotho. decorated with “badges of the brave” (a print commemorating the battle of britain in 1941), the blanket is the perfect weight for using as a bedcover, or as a heavy-weight blanket to keep on the couch if you have a particularly chilly home. to check out all of anthro’s basotho blankets and shop online.

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  • I’ve actually randomly BEEN to Lesotho, and these blankets are everywhere in gorgeous, luxe color palettes and intricate designs. Some of my favorites were a deep turquoise and a vibrant red with small yellow details.

    Beautiful feature!

  • So funny.. I was at Anthropologie yesterday and was totally coveting the orange verion with maize- I love the colors and the weight. I really hope the price drops a bit though.

  • I’ve been to Lesotho for work recently, and it’s true that these blankets are everywhere. They’re much cheaper though- only about $70-$100. I can’t believe how much Anthropologie marked them up!

  • I have the turquoise one with maize. My husband bought it for me as a reminder of our lovely misty drive through Lesotho.

  • Do you realise it is a sign of prosperity and social standing in Lesotho. I am Sesotho and Suid Afrikaans and the way you talk of it as a ‘fashion accessory’ greatly offends me. My father is Sesotho, my Mother is Kenyan and I am South African.

    If you are Sesotho it is traditional to wear it at social occasions and achievements. It is a sign of pride and prestige. I went to school in the UK and am very proud of my heritage. Using it as a ‘throw’ is offensive. It is NOT a throw, it is a BLANKET. You wear it in the cold or in the heat to protect you from the elements. You ride horses in it, you speak to your community in it, you sit with your family in it.

    Please stop being ignorant for fashion. Use it as a sign of pride and social standing, wear it. Or sit with it to keep you cool and warm. Do not use it as a ‘throw’ to make your house look pretty.

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