The Mokorotlo blanket is worn by every Mosotho, everyone regardless. The Mokorotlo blanket features iconic Basotho hats, symbolizing Basotho and Lesotho.
Mokorotlo, the conical straw hat, is known across the world as the symbol of Lesotho. It is inspired by Mount Qiloane, the hill with a sandstone crown, and close to the nation’s legendary fortress of Thaba Bosiu.
The hat is worn to identify national unity and pride. The Mokorotlo is also the song to announce a pitso. Once worn only by men, the new designs now cater for women and the Mokorotlo blanket is worn by everyone.
The Mokorotlo is also a sign to acknowledge bonds with the ancestors and as protection against evil.