Every region of the world has its own peculiarities. This includes customs, dance steps, music, language, clothing, and everything else that makes up their culture. People from Lesotho and South Africa are not excluded either. You’ll recognize them by their Sotho traditional dress.
If you are South African or plan to visit Lesotho or South Africa to participate in its cultural heritage, please note that your experience is not complete without wearing one of Sotho’s traditional costumes please.
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What is the traditional Sotho costume?
This is the cultural dress of the Basotho people of the Lesotho and South African regions. It features a wool blanket made over 100 years ago.
According to Wikipedia, Lesotho’s first ruler, Moshoesho I, called this blanket “Mr. Howell in the late 19th century. The king was so attached to the blanket that he dropped the traditional leopard skin Kalos For blankets, and his people followed.
However, the Basotho people did not completely abandon Kalos. Basotho men simply replaced the animal skin “blankets” they once wore with factory-woven textiles, as the traditional method of wearing blankets still resembles Kalos.
These traditional soto blankets have different uses and symbolism. And they mainly fall under:
Types of traditional Sotho costumes
This blanket symbolizes fertility. Young men in Soto wear this to prepare for the transition into adulthood.
Young men in Lesotho wear this blanket after the entrance ceremony to confirm that they have come of age.
Mosotho brides wear this on their wedding day to signify their new marital status.
Sepate and Morena
This is the daily blanket of the Basotho people.
Husbands give their wives a seropé blanket when their first child is born.
This is the exclusive blanket worn by the king and his chiefs. Best of all Basotho blankets.and it literally means chief blanket Also swear to the king.
What is Motlatsi successor. This is consistent with Blanket’s original purpose of honoring the birth of Prince Lelotoli.
This blanket is made of stray cat or leopard print. These blanket-wearing chiefs rarely wear real leopard skins these days. He wears prints instead.
Quetero Ia Morena Papa
As the name suggests, this blanket was born during the Pope’s visit. When Pope John Paul II visited Lesotho in 1988, he received the gift of a blanket said to be in the Vatican of Rome.
This blanket is named after the aloe native to the Maloti Mountains of Lesotho.
Queen Victoria never visited Lesotho, but legend has it that she did in 1897 and gave a blanket to King Lelotli. According to the story, the king gracefully draped the blanket over his shoulders and that was how the tradition began.
Other traditional Sotho costumes
Sotho traditional clothing also includes a hat known as a mokorotoro or basotho hat. It is a straw hat used when making outside clothes. This hat has also become a national symbol for the Lesotho people.
Made from locally grown mosa, this cone-shaped knotted headgear can be seen and purchased all over the country.
Aside from that, the traditional clothing of the Soto tribe has evolved. It features a distinctive South African print that can be sewn into a variety of beautiful styles reminiscent of African textiles like Ankara.
Can be used as two pieces, skirts, tops, dresses, jackets, mix and match, afro urban fashion and more. Check out some below.
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