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Lesotho’s Influence In Marvel’s Black Panther

February 8, 2018

Black Panther is the hugely anticipated super hero Marvel movie of 2018 which is set in the fictional Wakanda, Africa. One of the costume highlights in the film is ofcourse the Traditional Basotho Blanket.

These thick wool blankets which is often worn as cloaks/shawls offer a deep cultural significance and history through the various symbols & bold combinations used.In several scenes, W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) and others are shown wearing Basotho blankets which in the movie, emits force fields.

Marvel Black Panther

Award-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter is the woman behind the costumes and artefacts wowing audiences in Black Panther. She, along with her costume department wanted to incorporate traditional Lesotho designs so the crew travelled to Lesotho and got permission from the Basotho people before moving forward (Zacelebs;2018).

Marvel Black Panther

Carter said: “I just wanted to be very careful about how I represented the continent and the culture to make sure that I did not follow any of those rude stereotypes about what Africa was and what Africa wasn’t (SowetanLive;2018).

Other influences such as Kenya’s Maasai tribe and the traditional Zulu bridal hat for the Queen Mother ( played by Angela Bassett), to name just a few, were researched and bought from each country.

“I went to the sources. I had shoppers in South Africa, West Africa, Ethiopia … we put the money back into the hands of the people,” Carter said (SowetanLive;2018).

Another win for Africa !

Click here for the history of the Basotho blanket https://lesotho-blanketwrap.com/2010/lesotho-stories/the-history-of-the-basotho-traditional-blanket/

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  • Reply Tholang Tseka February 21, 2018 at 4:52 am

    Well what I RECALL was taking Ryan Coogler (Director) on a very rainy day within and up Thaba Bosiu heritage mountain to take some pictures of Basotho people wearing the blankets. I still await the photos to give them to back to the people. I don’t recall any crew coming to Lesotho. Tholang Tseka

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  • Reply Neoang Mpopo March 4, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Black panther is the boom

  • Reply Neoang Mpopo March 4, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Black panther is the boom Lesotho is on fire

    • Reply Neoang Mpopo March 4, 2018 at 7:53 pm

      I’m not ashamed to being mosotho

  • Reply Simon March 5, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Geoffrey Thorne involved in the writing/drawing of black panther, went to school at Machabeng High School. Late ’70’s!

  • Reply Nthaby March 7, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I am so proud to see my Sotho culture represented in the movie.

  • Reply Modupe May 9, 2018 at 7:58 am

    I am the fan of the Movie and I like the technology, what worries me a lot is that most of the Basotho watched it and never spotted that the blanket was worn incorrectly. The lines on the Lesolanka blanket are horizontally worn instead of being vertically worn.

  • Reply Beatrice Hanhardt May 10, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Exceptional write-up my buddy. This really is precisely what I’ve been searching for for very a time now. You have my gratitude man

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