Put Your Best Foot Forward: GO ETHNIC!

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It’s easy to pick up a pair of footwear to match up with your western outfit but unfortunately the same does not happen while you are dressing up for an ethnic occasion. Well here’s a solution to all your shoe- problems ladies and gentlemen!
So here’s presenting, four kinds of ethnic footwear which are a must-have this festive season. Also you get a historical yet interesting glimpse of how and wherefrom these footwear actually originated!

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JUTTI
Historical Background:
This is a kind of footwear which has its origin in North India. In ancient times, these were basically worn by well-to-do jagirdars, nawabs, zamindars, chaudharies, maharanis and maharajas. The design of jutti is inspired from the Mughal era.

How to indentify:
These were originally made up of leather and were intricately embroidered with colorful and shiny beads. Nowadays, not only leather but also other kinds of materials are used to make juttis and are easily available in the local markets. Jutti generally takes the shape of your foot.
These are long shoes. They look almost alike for both men and women. However, for men, the juttis are given a pointed tip.
Pair them up with sherwanis, kurtis and you are ready to rock!

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NAGRA
Historical Background:
When the Rajasthanis came to Lucknow in the 19th century, they invented the now very popular Nagra . They were mainly worn by zamindars.

How to indentify:
Made out of cotton material, they are also delicately embroidered in the typical maharaja style . Look for the pointed toe in order to distinguish it from other ethnic footwear. Some are also made out of leather which are usually plain, simple, sleek and stylish for men. It is definitely something which you should give a try dear men. It’s time to be unique!
Nagras, though originally were made for men, but today you can see a variety of nagras at display in the market both for men and women.

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KOLHAPURI CHAPPALS
Historical Background:
Kolhapuri chappals owe their origin to Kolhapur, a district in Maharashtra. According to some historical documents, the Saudagar family originally invented the design of the now known kolhapuri chappals in the 1920s. The samples of which were sent to J.J & sons, a popular retailer shop which still operates in Mumbai.

How to indentify:
Made out of tanned leather, these sandals can easily be characterized by their T-shaped strap and a slightly decorated upper. Due to its two-side wide flaps and the fact that it is open-toed, the kolhapuris make wonderfully comfortable footwear for the Indian feet!

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MOJARI
Historical Background:
The idea of a mojari can be traced back to the period of kings and queens in Indian history.
In ancient times, the artisans used precious gems for the embroidery.

How to indentify:
Made out of leather or other textile upper, Mojaris vary in designs. Mirror work, ceramic threads contribute to the beauty of mojaris.
Though mojaris closely resemble juttis, they can be differentiated. Mojaris have a curled up toe but juttis have normally flat fronts. Also, Mojaris have almost open backs whereas juttis have closed backs.

So now that you know about the pride of Indian footwear and how beautiful it all looks, are you ready to rock the ethnic way this season?


 

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