Kolhapuri Chappals

Kolhapuri Chappals

Kolhapuri chappals are exquisitely handcrafted footwear. In Kolhapur, these chappals are called “Pie-taan”. They are mostly made in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. They are available in various sizes, patterns and colors. Regular kolhpuri chappals are ideal for daily wear. Kolhapuri chappals adorned with gold cord, zari strips, pom poms or gota could be also worn on special occasions such as weddings and parties.

Kolhapuri chappals are made from processed leather. Hides of buffalo, goat and cow are processed and grazed. Grazing of leather makes the leather hard enough for daily wear and tear use. Using specific templates, the basic chappal design is then cut out. Depending upon the final product, the cut outs are kept in natural color or dyed as per specifications. An amazing thing to note here is that not a single iron nail is used in the entire manufacture process. The sole and the upper body of the chappals are joined together by stitches which are done with a leather cord. Other embellishments and adornments then follow in making a fancy pair of Kolhapuri chappals. Some of the traditional designs of Kolhapuri chappals include Kachkadi, bakkalnali, and pukari.

The craft of Kolhapuri chappals is not prevailing only in Kolhapur but also in neighboring areas of Kapashi and Dongari too. You will be surprised to see entire families working together and making chappals if ever you happen to visit these areas even today.

Ladies can go in for a variety of Kolhpuri chappals, each of which can match with their sari or dress color. As they contain a zari border, Kolhapuri chappals can be ideally used for formal wear too. Evergreen favorites of many Indians, Kolhapuri chappals are most popular and not too heavy on the budget too. On the overall, they are quite sturdy, durable and long lasting in use.

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