Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Juttis ( Hand Embroidered Footwear ) of Punjab , India

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The Jutti or Punjabi Jutti is an artistic footwear common in North India and the neighboring regions. They are traditionally made of leather with beautiful, intricate embroidery work, in real gold and silver thread in olden days, though now in these expensive times gold & silver are out of question. 

Today Amritsar and Patiala in Punjab are important trade centers for handcrafted Juttis, from where they are exported all over the world. These Juttis usually have flat sole, and are more or less similar in design for both women and men, except for men they have a sharp extended tip, curved upwards like traditional mustaches. Some of the women Juttis have no back part, near the ankle. Even with changing times Juttis have remained part of North Indian ceremonial attire, especially at weddings. The unembellished Juttis are used for everyday use for both men and women in most of Punjab.

There are wide varieties of Juttis available for both men and women. During certain festivals special Juttis are also fitted to the feet of cows. Juttis are now very popular in Western countries too. Juttis are traditional ethnic Indian Footwear.

They are usually made of fine leather and are delicately embroidered with threads or beads. Juttis are slip-on in style and are characterized by rising high to the Achilles' tendon in the back and covering the toes with a round or M-shaped heavily-embroidered upper shoe and leaving the top of the foot nearly bare. Some of them are handmade and have been embroidered beautifully.

These ethnic shoes were worn by wealthy Zamindars, Chaudharys, Nawabs, Jagirdars Maharajas and Maharanis of India (esp. Punjab). Various designs showcased in this category are inspired from the Mughal era. All these are handmade by skilled artisans in remote corners of North India. Rich golden threads and colorful beads are used to craft exquisite motifs in order to impart a royal touch on these Juttis made of different shades of leather. People prefer wearing them on traditional occasions like weddings etc. Along with traditional dresses like Sherwani or Kurta Pajama, Juttis form the quintessential accessory.

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