The Seanamarena brand is today considered the Royal Crown Jewel of all the Basotho blankets. This brand dates back to the 1930’s when it was created by the late Mr Charles Hendry Robertson who owned a trading store in Leribe called Seanamarena. 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.
The Khotso is an entry-level Basotho blanket and is the only one to be manufactured from acrylic. It is also available in a smaller size which is suitable for children and favoured by tourists as a memento. The Khotso Collection comprises of the Mojalefa (the heir), Cards and Ntjhe Poone (corncob).
This rug with its double-faced weave is used during the Xhosa initiation ceremony.
Abakweta (Red / White)
The Abakwetha blanket is worn during the Xhosa initiation ritual marking the passage from boyhood to manhood. The red stripe on this blanket symbolises blood and recognises the wearer’s successful transition to manhood. After the ritual is complete the blanket is burnt to signify the end of childhood.
Tribal Black (whipped)
This Xhosa blanket is traditionally used to wrap the body for burial. It is occasionally used during the initiation ceremony. The Ingcawe has a whipped edge whereas the Tribal Black Stipe has an open selvedge to which the family of the deceased will attach a binding and add embroidery depicting the person’s life story.