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The Tsireletso Throw by Lesotho-based design brand Barali is handknitted from 100% mohair and wool blend by women artisans in Maseru, Lesotho.
"Tsireletso" in Sesotho, the official language of Lesotho, can be interpreted as protection and cover. Luxe raw mohair is sourced locally in Lesotho, and high-quality wool is sourced from South Africa to create the softest blend for this throw. Handmade with hand-spun yarn, these versatile throws will be a lovely addition to your home.
Barali is a sustainable homeware brand founded by Mookho Ntho, Creative Director and Moliehi Mafantiri, Operations Director, in Maseru, Lesotho. All products are made from either 100% mohair from Lesotho or blended with wool from South Africa.
As an upcoming visual artist Mookho Ntho specialises in surrealist paintings. Her early works explored themes of social activism, poaching and famine. But now, Key aspects of her work include fashion, and the use of bright colour to evoke emotions. A large part of her art is driven by the need to create visuals, which she did not see of black people in mainstream media, especially black African women, during her upbringing. She is represented by Undiscovered Canvas, a company that promotes African creative industries in Europe. Her motto is "Create with Intent".
Moliehi Mafantiri is an anthropologist in learning with a deep passion for anthropology, gender equity, and geography. As a young Africa woman, she was motivated to raise awareness about sexual harassment and assault. Thus, she considers one of her biggest achievements to be co-founding a campaign, TooTaboo, that addressed those social issues and sought to educate people on consent and sex.
TEAM: 2 founders + 30 artisans.
LOCATION: Maseru, Lesotho.
MATERIALS: Mohair carpets and throws.
TECHNIQUE: Handspun the mohair fibers into yarn, dye them, and weave them.
IMPACT: The founders produce their designed pieces with the local artisan businesses in Lesotho reviving traditional Basotho weaving techniques.