Juttis were the pride of the royals and are testimony to the exquisite craftsmanship of India. Also known as the Nagra, juttis were made from pure leather and each piece was handcrafted to perfection. Rajasthan is the land where this beautiful footwear was born. Soon, they gained popularity in Punjab where they underwent a massive transformation to become the versatile footwear that they are today.
The word Jutti originates from Urdu and means any shoe that has a closed upper that is attached to the sole. They were introduced in India by the Mughals and became ingrained in the rich cultural history of India. Today, you have several variations as the juttis were adapted according to the tradition of different regions of India, the weather conditions, the period that they were designed in, the creativity of the shoemakers and of course, the material available.
Skilled artisans in Punjab, today make Juttis. Every piece is designed to perfection and involves several craftsmen who pour their heart and soul into each piece.
The making of a jutti is not an easy task. It involves different communities of artisans. There are those who process the raw hide, the ones who lend the leather the right color, and then ofcourse the ones who put the pieces together and embellish and accentuate them into eye-catching pieces we so love to possess.
Traditionally, juttis were threaded, beaded, embellished and embroidered. In fact, they were only made with pure gold and silver wires. The leather underwent a process called vegetable tanning after which each piece was cut to create the designs. Then began the work of adding pearls, beads, embroidery and other embellishments.
Modern day juttis go beyond the motifs and threadwork and are highly stylized versions. You have juttis that are delicate, with minimalistic designs and in simple plain leather with other add-ons.
The best thing about juttis is that they are extremely flexible. You can wear them for your day-to-day activities, for weddings, parties and even religious occasion. No matter what outfit you choose, you will carry a piece of your tradition with these juttis.
Juttis can be worn on either foot as they do not have any right or left distinction. The unique upper sewed closely with a flat sole makes them extremely comfortable to wear.
Torr Punjabi brings to life this ancient culture to create unique pieces for men and women. They can be worn with both traditional and western outfits to add a touch of your ethnic style. Available in a range of different colors and occasions, there is no occasion that you cannot find the perfect jutti for. Wear them with patialas,paithanis or denims and each outfit will look better than the last.