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About┬áMojaris And Juttis – Leather Footwear

The Mojari originated during the Mughal Empire, under the reign of the Mughal King Saleem Shah and has been distinct for its ornamental style, shape and appearance. This style of handcrafted footwear is also identified as the traditional leather footwear of Rajasthan that has a soft upper of cow or goat or buffalo leather and a thick sole and heel constructed using layers of leather glued together. When it comes to the craft of making Mojaris, men take up the leather work while women are responsible for the embroidery on the Mojaris themselves. The embroidery can be done directly on leather converting the footwear into stylish accessories. Besides style and the aesthetics involved, these Mojaris also have a science behind them for its thermal properties that allows farmers to keep their feet warm during harsh winters of the desert climate. The humble beginnings of the Mojaris may have been for utilitarian purposes, but with its current contemporary spin, the craft has earned itself a place in the world of fashion. It is now a favoured accessory with contemporary ethnic wear and sometimes with western wear too, which ensures the longevity of the craft.

A variant of the Mojaris are Juttis popular in North India specifically to the regions of Amritsar and Patiala. Similar to Mojaris, they are made of leather with extensive and exquisite embroidery made of real gold and silver threads assumed to have been inspired by royalty. A unique characteristic of this kind of footwear is that there is no left and right distinction and eventually takes up the shape of the foot.

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