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Lesotho

Gary van Wyk

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Africa 2010

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Lesotho is surrounded by South Africa, where many of its citizens reside, bringing wages and Western clothing home to relatives. Traditional dress is still worn, especially at initiation ceremonies or when honoring the king. The founding ruler, Moshoeshoe I (d. 1870), solidified the Basotho nation by accepting various refugees fleeing troubles in southern Africa in the 1820s, Lesotho being named after the primary ethnic group. While he based Basotho traditions on the values of his people, the Koe

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