Last month we explored just how the Ndebele culture is showing up on the runway and trickling into our home and bedroom decor. This month we explore the Sesotho Influence and see how things have evolved and stayed the same over the last 200 years.
The Basotho or Sesotho culture includes three people groups - namely the Pedi, Tswana and South Sotho. Folk from these clans or tribes are often associated with Lesotho but can also be found sporting South Africa passports in the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and Gauteng.
The Basotho people are well known for their traditional clothing which includes a thick, store-bought blanket worn as a cloak and a woven headpiece or hat (a strange ensemble really considering their artisanship when it comes to iron work, weaving and beading).
Sesotho was one of the first African tongues to become a written language. In 1833 it was transcribed by Parisian missionaries and so, it has a rich and deep, recorded history. Said to be musical and poetic sounding, it is no wonder that the French lent a hand to get this brooding language on paper.
Well-known designers that have channelled the Sesotho style are young Bongiwe Walaza and Palesa Makubang. Bongiwe's designs have been showcased internationally in many exotic locations including Greece and Hong Kong!
"Mantsho" meaning 'Brutally Black' was created by Palesa Makubang. Her designs are contemporary and relevant and translate well into everyday wear both here in SA and abroad.
It is no wonder that we see our bedroom decor transforming in similar lines for adults and children alike.
Here are some inspiring home decor that channel the Sesotho influence: