Basotho blanket, noun phrase

Origin:
See Mosotho.
A multi-coloured, traditionally patterned blanket, worn round the shoulders by Basotho men and women.
Note:
Ceremonial blankets are presented and worn as a mark of honour.
1957 B. Fraser Sunshine & Lamplight 5Particularly lovely were the Basuto blankets, which were mostly of light colouring with attractive patterns in all the brighter shades.
1969 I. Vaughan Last of Sunlit Yrs 81The only sign of life appeared to be the odd Basuto horseman,..galloping past, with his coloured Basuto blanket floating behind him.
1973 Seek July 2After the service he was officially received by the people and solemnly clothed in a Basotho blanket.
1987 J. Deacon in S. Afr. Panorama May 13The famous Basuto blankets, worn summer and winter, were initiated by Lord Fraser of Lonsdale and manufactured in Harrismith. Motifs on ceremonial blankets represent royalty.
1989 J. Hobbs Thoughts in Makeshift Mortuary 166Their blankets fall almost to their shoes like long capes. It is impossible not to look dignified in a Basotho blanket.
A multi-coloured, traditionally patterned blanket, worn round the shoulders by Basotho men and women.

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