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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.

Phakoe Lilomong.

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.


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