The Aranda basotho blanket has a deep cultural significance and history. What makes the Basotho blankets unique is the layout of the design, the various symbols used, the bold colour combinations and the characteristic pin-stripe.
Made of mostly of wool and cotton, these blankets convey status and are often useful in the cold mountains of Lesotho. this is the national costume of Lesotho. I have 4 of these blankets and they are treasured.
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World Heritage Rock-Hewn Lalibela is a town in northern Ethiopia that is famous for its monolithic rock-cut churches. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia's holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and is a center of pilgrimage for much of the country.
Processional cross. Ethiopia. 1721-1730 silver, gold, cast bronze; soldered, punched, gilded, and engraved. The Holy Trinity surrounded by a winged bird, ox, lion and a man representing the four living creatures and the throne of God. Directly below is Emperor Bakaffa prostrate.