IN response to “Online initiative takes shopping to a whole new level” ( Lesotho Times, December 31, 2015), well done Shopa Lesotho for the convenient online shopping experience. Thanks for a wonderful initiative.
THE funny thing is that the socalled Seshoeshoe dress is not a Basotho product at all!
During the 18th and 19th centuries, European textile manufacturers developed a block and discharge printing style on indigo cotton fabric. In 1862 a German chemist developed synthetic indigo.
In the 18th century Discharge printed indigo was manufactured and printed in Czechoslovakia and Hungary by Gustav Deutsch, and much of this cloth entered the South African market. In the 1930s he immigrated to Britain and established a factory in Lancashire. This factory, machinery and expertise was later purchased by Blue Printers Ltd. in Wigan. Such was the demand for this fabric that eventually there were four companies producing this print style, the largest being Spruce Manufacturing who produced the most popular brand name, Three Cats, which was exported to South Africa.
In the early 1840s French missionaries presented Moshoeshoe I with a gift of indigo printed cloth, establishing a cloth preference that grew during the 19th century, and still prevails today, hence the term shoeshoe or isishweshwe.
IN response to “Harvest FM in hot water” ( Lesotho Times, January 10, 2015) how I wish the government and the Popular Front for Democracy would leave the Mahao family with a little peace.
Is it not enough that former Lesotho Defence Force commander Lieutenant-general Maaparankoe Mahao was killed and the people behind his assassination got off scot-free? In my view, Harvest FM did nothing wrong.
It seems the powers that be are determined to ensure that the Mahao family is denied access to platforms on which they can voice their frustrations which are mainly caused by those behind the slaying of Ntate Maaparankoe.