There is something so regal about Punjabi Juttis. After all, they were designed to adorn the feet of the Royals back in the day. Made from the finest material and real gold and silver threads, the Punjabi Jutti was introduced in India by the Mughals and went on to become footwear that were designed exclusively for kings and queens.
The word Jutti comes from an Urdu term for a closed shoe. From the time they were introduced, they went through several transformations to become the fashionable shoes that they are today. The designs of the shoes were influenced by the regional conventions, the rituals and traditions of every area, the weather and the creative ideas of different craftsmen. Today, they come in different designs from the ones with a curl to the simpler, modern ones.
The Punjabi Jutti is royal thanks to the exquisite embroidery, beadwork and embellishments. They are made from the sturdiest material. Yet, they are extremely light and comfortable. They are so light that some cobblers say that even sparrows can wear a jutti and still fly.
The making of a Jutti begins with vegetable tanning to process the raw hide. This gives the Jutti its durability. The leather is then colored in different pigments such as yellow and green by hand with the help of a shaving brush.
Then they are cut into four different pieces- the panna or or the upper, the cowries or the shells, the adda or the back of the shoe and the talla or the sole. The cutting and assembling is done by the men while the women are responsible for the intricate embroidery and designs. Juttis are made using stencils, weaves, punches and elaborate embroidery designs.
The work on these shoes is tedious and includes different skills. It involves the chamars who process the hide, the rangars who color the shoes and the mochis who sew and complete each piece.
Juttis from Punjab are named after the towns that they hail from. The most popular ones are the Fazika, Patiala, Malaut and the Muktsarjuttis. There are four basic designs based on the variations due to regional influences:
- Salem ShahiJuttis: Named after the Mughal ruler Salim, these jutits come with a spade shaped or pointed toe.
- Lucky jutti: The Punjabi word Luck means waist and refers to the narrow midsection of the jutti.
- KhussaJutti: The come with an upturned front that resembles the moustache of a young Punjabi.
- KasuriJuttis: They come with a special toe indent design.
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