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The first village that we arrived at in Lesotho, after the hair-raising drive up and over the Sani Pass.

In a region of Africa where traditional dress has all but died out, Lesotho stands out as the exception. The Sotho blanket is still worn all over the country. When King Moshoeshoe I was presented with a blanket by European traders in 1860, there were hardly any in his kingdom, the people wearing karosses made of animal hides instead. However, by 1872 traders were reporting insatiable demand for the blankets. Made from high-quality woven cloth, they were originally manufactured in Birmingham, England, and are today made in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

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